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Update: South Datura Street Apartment Fire

Post Date:11/20/2018 10:17 a.m.

Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR) investigators are continuing to search for the cause of the apartment fire that started last Saturday morning in the 5800 block of South Datura Street. At this time, the fire investigation is still ongoing, but LFR has classified the fire as “accidental.” 

Air sampling tests are being conducted on all units in the building.  The results of those tests are expected to be completed today. Based on the findings, a determination will be made on when it is safe for residents to get back into their units. The residents were updated on the current status of the building yesterday afternoon. Representatives of the building’s owners have stated they will provide daily updates as they move forward in getting all the issues resolved.

The shelter will close this evening at 5 p.m. The Red Cross is providing displaced residents with vouchers for those who wish to temporarily stay in a hotel. The Littleton Omnibus is available for transportation to hotels if needed. Arapahoe County Housing Services visited with all residents and provided information on the various programs they offer, as well as information on food services. 

The fire was reported on the first floor in the north wing of the building. Initially, thirteen people were transported to the hospital, three in serious condition. Michael Craig Mitchell, 70, died in the fire.

"Littleton is a safe and supportive community and to lose anyone affects us all," said Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman. "Our deepest sympathy goes to Michael Mitchell’s family and friends. We are so sorry for this loss and to all who are affected by this tragedy. I am grateful that the first responders who risked their lives to save others in such heroic ways are going to be okay and that so many lives were saved by their efforts. We will stay vigilant in our efforts to support those injured and displaced. Littleton is a community of love and caring and all are our family."

For more information and to make a reservation on the Littleton Omnibus, call 303-795-3700 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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