Leadville explosion, fire under investigation | AspenTimes.com

Leadville explosion, fire under investigation

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

LEADVILLE, Colo. – Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an explosion and fire at a former Coca-Cola bottling plant that injured five people, including a firefighter.

Four people were sent to a hospital in Leadville. Lake County Sheriff’s deputy Steve James said a fifth person was flown to a hospital in Denver in critical condition.

Names and their medical condition were not released Saturday.

A series of small explosions happened while the fire burned. A heavily charred section of the building collapsed as firefighters dealt with temperatures that threatened to freeze the water in the hoses.

The former Coca-Cola building now included an auto repair shop, a towing company and a masonry business.

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