On March 7, 2018, a fire broke out at an apartment building that was under construction at 1833 N. Emerson in Denver’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood. City inspectors identified multiple nearby buildings that have been damaged, or may have been damaged, as a result of this fire.
Ash and burned debris has been found up to a mile away from the fire’s location. This debris is not believed to pose a public health risk. The city is working to locate and clean debris from public property.
If you find debris, please dispose of it or call 311 to report debris on public property.
Indoor Air Quality after a Fire
Even if not affected by the heat of the fire, many nearby structures may need to be thoroughly cleaned to remove smoke and other pollutants. Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment recommends the following steps:
Asbestos is naturally occurring mineral substance that is often used in building materials, including floor tile and related glue, roofing shingles, wall and ceiling textures, insulation, and drywall. Asbestos in building materials is not a risk to human health unless it is disturbed, such as during a fire or the work of extinguishing a fire. If asbestos is found in your residence, it may be necessary for the areas of contamination to be remediated as part of the building clean up.
It is better to send cash donations instead of having to transport and store items at great expense. Quite often, survivors do not need or can’t use goods that are donated by generous fellow citizens. Organizations that receive unsolicited donations have to take time to catalogue and store such materials, which takes valuable time away from working on urgent needs.
To donate in support of the people affected by the fire at 18th and Emerson, please reach out to one of the following organizations:
The effects of this fire will be felt for a long time. Today or in the future, if you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross, you should visit the volunteer section of redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to apply to be a volunteer. Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is another resource for connecting with response and recovery voluntary agencies.