Townhomes under construction destroyed in Lakewood fire

"The fire destroyed at least three townhome units under construction and was fully involved...
"The fire destroyed at least three townhome units under construction and was fully involved when firefighters arrived," West Metro Fire said in a tweet on July 12, 2022.(West Metro Fire)
Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 6:36 AM MDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 6:53 AM MDT
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KKTV) - Flames swept through a construction site early Tuesday morning, engulfing three townhomes and forcing neighbors to evacuate.

West Metro firefighters say the townhomes were beyond saving when they reached the scene in Lakewood just before 4 a.m.

Firefighters say the heat from the flames was so intense, it caused a neighboring house to catch fire. The residents were able to escape; the extent of damage to that home has not been reported.

Nearly three hours after the fire started, smoke continued to drift from the charred remnants of the structure.

Investigators are now trying to determine what started the fire.

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