The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

Fire­fight­ers spent more than five hours work­ing to ex­tin­guish a smoky in­ferno that en­gulfed a three-story of­fice build­ing Satur­day in Ar­vada.

Dam­age was heavy to the old build­ing, which housed med­i­cal of­fices and a sub­stance-abuse clinic at 6475Wadsworth near West 65th Av­enue.

Be­cause the blaze was so smoky, fire­fight­ers could not en­ter the build­ing and thus could not con­firm whether any­body was in­side, said Deanna Har­ring­ton, deputy fire mar­shal of the Ar­vada Fire Pro­tec­tion Dis­trict.

One civil­ian was sent to a nearby hos­pi­tal. That per­son’s con­di­tion was un­avail­able.

Har­ring­ton said her agency was aided by the West­min­ster and Adams County fire de­part­ments, plus Sal­va­tion Army rep­re­sen­ta­tives were on site to help feed the crews.

Al­to­gether, there were four en­gines, three truck com­pa­nies, the bat­tal­ion chief and medics, making it one of the largest fires for Ar­vada. About 50 fire per­son­nel helped put out the fire.

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