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Sept. 20 Oakland Circle fire update

Update from Aurora Fire Rescue regarding Sept. 20 Oakland Circle fire
Posted on 09/22/2023
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Following is a statement from Aurora Fire Rescue Fire Chief Alec Oughton providing an update on the structure fire and emergency medical response on Wednesday, September 20, to the 2800 block of South Oakland Circle in Aurora, Colo.

“Our hearts go out to the family who suffered such a tremendous loss when the tragic events that unfolded late Wednesday night, resulting in a 911 call to Aurora Fire Rescue.

“This is a horrific tragedy. If it were not for the decisive, quick and courageous actions of your firefighters and paramedics, this situation could have been so much worse. I am incredibly proud of our team who put their lives on the line to help this family, but I am not surprised because they do this type of work every single day.

“Incidents like this cause incredible pain for families, communities and first responders. And it cuts particularly deep for our members, many of whom are parents. I am sure you can imagine the emotional weight of carrying a limp child out of a fire in your arms. Our members did this seven times that night, some rescuing multiple children from this incident.

“To respect confidentiality, we cannot provide an update on the victims who were sent to the hospital that night. And it would not be our place to do so anyway.

“The cause of this situation is part of an ongoing investigation that involves several different agencies. Investigations of fatal fires can take several months before a conclusion can be reached. It is imperative that we leave no stone unturned to get to the right answer. We owe that to the family, the community and you.

“Until the final investigation is completed and we fully understand what caused this tragic fire, there are several basic safety practices that every Aurora resident can employ to keep their family safe.

“Check your smoke alarms, close your doors while you are sleeping, pay attention to things you are cooking on the stove, properly discard smoking and other smoldering materials, and don’t be complacent, thinking that fire will never impact your family. If you experience a fire, get out, stay out, and call 911. For additional information, please visit our website.

“Today, let’s all come together and extend our thoughts and support to the family and our first responders during this difficult time. Take care of yourselves and each other.”

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