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South Broadway House Explosion
Posted On: Dec 13, 2021

On Sunday December 12, 2021 at 10:45 a.m., South Metro received a call for a gas odor and explosion at a home in the 5900 block of S. Broadway near the intersection of S. Broadway and E. Orchard Rd. The people in the house at the time were from out of town and renting the residence during their visit in Colorado. They reported hearing a loud boom and smelling a strong odor of natural gas when they called 911. Local members from first arriving Ladder 12 arrived on scene and upgraded the call to a working residential structure fire after seeing smoke coming from the front and back of the house. Members stretched a hose line to the home and made a transitional fire attack on fire conditions in the basement. Due to the number of patients that needed medical attention on scene, the call was upgraded to a multi-casualty incident (MCI) in order for more medic units to be dispatched to the scene. Local members provided medical attention to 6 people and transported them to the hospital. All 6 people had minor medical conditions. Crews also assessed other individuals on scene, but they did not need to go to the hospital. Crews were able to successfully put the fire out in the basement and ventilated the house using fans. Littleton Police assisted on scene in making contact with the family at the residence and with traffic control for the closure of a portion of S. Broadway during the incident. Xcel Energy crews and South Metro Fire Investigators remained on scene into the afternoon to secure the property, gather investigation details and monitor gas levels. SMFR Investigators are unable to confirm the exact sequence of events leading to the ignition source, but investigators did confirm there was a gas leak in the home prior to the explosion and fire. The home will need extensive repairs in order to be inhabitable again according to the building department guidelines. Thank you to Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, Inc. for your assistance on scene of this incident as well.

**Please be sure you have working carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home. If you begin smelling gas, smoke or noticing something is not right, please be sure to evacuate, move to a safe location and call 911.*

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