Officials say Westminster apartment complex had no sprinklers at time of fire

Posted at 1:25 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 15:25:42-04

One remaining resident that was unaccounted for has been found from the deadly apartment complex fire in Westminster.The blaze took the lives of two people and injured 10 early Sunday morning. Firefighters were dispatched to the Westbury Apartments in the 1500 block of West 115th Ave around 2:16 a.m. Sunday.The 69-unit apartment building was fully involved with when firefighters arrived on scene. There were varying witness reports of residents jumping from the second and third story windows to escape, several of which were rescued by police and fire crews.According to an update Monday, there were no sprinklers in the building when the fire happened. This was due to the Certificate of Occupancy issued in 1974, which did not require sprinklers by the fire code at the time.10 patients were transported to local hospitals, with two fatalities. One patient died on the way to the hospital and the other was pronounced dead on scene, according to fire crews. Around 30 residents were taken to the Silver Hills Middle School at 12400 Huron Street. Westminster Police are searching for four people seen grabbing fire extinguishers in an attempt to put out the blaze. Police do not believe these individuals started the fire but would like to speak with them.If anyone has information on these four individuals please call Detective Gordanier at (303) 658-4264.Multiple crews assisted in the firefight, the cause remains under investigation. Anyone who was a witness or may have left the scene is asked to call Westminster Dispatch at (303) 658-4360.