Fire Hits Denver Assisted Living Facility



One woman died in a fire at a Denver senior assisted living center Monday night.

Firefighters and police were called to the Francis Heights apartments at 26th Avenue and Osceola Street about 9 p.m.

The building is a high-rise building. The victim was found on the 10th floor.

Denver Fire Spokesman Lt. Phil Champagne said four other people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

"In order to get the people off the 10th floor down to safety, firefighters had to take their face pieces off and give air to the elderly people to get them downstairs," said Champagne. "I think this was a tremendous effort."

Several floors were evacuated, but other residents were told to shelter in place, in part because of concerns over mobility issues.

Judy Peltz has lived in the complex for just over a year, and said she doesn't feel like the apartment residents were prepared for a fire.

"There are people in here that are wheelchair bound. There's no way to get them down when they shut off the elevators," said Peltz.

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