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Southview Place II fire investigation complete

Post Date:06/17/2016 1:00 p.m.
The investigation is complete and the cause of the April 6, 2016 fire in the Southview Place II apartment building, located at 5820 South Windermere Street is accidental. The area of origin of the fire was determined to be in the location around the kitchen dishwasher. The fire originated in the 4th floor of the five-story, 130-unit building. Thanks to Littleton Fire Rescue’s (LFR) immediate response, no injuries were incurred in this multi-unit building.

As part of normal operating procedures for events of this nature, LFR was the first responder on scene to control the fire and secure the scene; however other city representatives, such as the Chief Building Official, were involved the same day in order to assess damage to the overall building. On the date of the event, it was determined that the building could not be immediately occupied due to the extensive smoke damage throughout the building, disturbance of drywall, water damage and lack of electricity; which would pose safety hazards for both residents and restoration workers. With an abundance of concern for resident safety, residents were temporarily restricted from re-occupying the building due to health and safety factors. The city coordinated efforts for resident relocation and assistance with agencies such as Arapahoe County, The American Red Cross, Love Inc., Littleton United Methodist Church and others to assist them during this difficult time.

After the fire, the property owners applied for, and were issued permits in order to begin work on repairs. Due to the drywall damage, the property owner was required to obtain air quality samples and obtain a permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) prior to further work commencing. The air sample report, dated April 21, was prepared by a certified industrial hygienist and indicated passing air test results.

After obtaining approval from the CDPHE, the restoration company was able to begin remediation in the area of the source of the fire. The remaining portions of the building were okay to occupy based on the report, however it was the building owner’s decision whether to allow residents to re-occupy the building. The property owners are currently working on renovations and repairs to the building.

The city council and staff appreciate the community support to assist the victims of the fire.
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