DFD Nursing Home Fire, as paged

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DENVER - Residents of a nursing home have returned to the building after a late-night fire forced their evacuation.
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About 30 firefighters responded to The Golden Manor Nursing Home on Colfax Avenue at around 2 a.m. after reports of a fire.

Investigators say a burning mattress on the first floor was the blame. The home houses its most critical patients there but only one person was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

Gregg Champlin with the Denver Fire department says there are 65 residents in Golden Manor but only 30 were evacuated, they were put on an RTD bus as a temporary shelter. Champlin said, "We did not have to evacuate the top two floors, we were actually able to do a shelter in place, so that helped." The second floor of the four-story complex was also evacuated but all of the residents have been allowed back inside the building.

Residents from the first floor are staying with second floor residents until about noon when they will be able to go back to their units.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, "I suppose anytime you have a mattress fire, our first thought is probably someone is smoking in bed," Champlin said. "But we can't really confirm that at this point."
 
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