DENVER (AP) -- An elderly man was killed Tuesday when a fire broke out in his second-floor condominium, but firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to other units in the complex.
The man, whose name was not released, was found in a bedroom, fire Lt. Phil Champagne said. Champagne said smoke detectors in the unit did not appear to work.
The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes. The cause was not immediately known, but Champagne said witnesses told investigators the victim was a heavy smoker.
The condominium was one of four in the same wood-frame, wood-shingle building, and many similar buildings were nearby. If the roof had caught fire, the damage could have been far worse, Champagne said.
''What concerned us was the proximity of the units were so close,'' he said.
Champagne did not know how many people were evacuated. Many residents had already left for work, he said.