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Fire displaces residents of historic Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo

Fire at historic Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo.
Posted at 9:55 PM, Aug 04, 2020

PUEBLO — More than 100 residents of the historic Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo are looking for a place to stay after a fire started in one of the apartments Tuesday evening.

Flames and smoke were seen coming from the low-income apartment building.

Fire crews said the blaze was contained to one room, but they had to shut off utilities to the whole building in order to fix the damage. Forty homes were ultimately impacted by the fire.

Some residents who were inside when the fire started said it was pretty chaotic.

"My neighbors are beating on my door. I open my door. I live on the second floor right next to the sanctuary. The hallway was pitch black with smoke and people were running," one resident said.

The Red Cross is helping find accommodations for 117 residents. Others were able to find their own places to stay for the night and possibly longer.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Two people suffered minor injuries.