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Fire races through home near downtown, displacing five residents

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BRIGHTON -- Brighton fire officials continue to investigate a late-night fire southeast of downtown March 22.

It started around 11:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Court Place. When Brighton police arrived on the scene, they reported smoke coming from the garage. The fire spread to the attic over the garage. The five occupants of the home and a cat were able to escape unharmed.

It took 25 firefighters from the Brighton and Thornton fire departments about 30 minutes to put the fire out. Brighton division chief Mike Schuppe said crews were able to get the uper hand on the fire by pulling down ceilings to gain access to the attic. The fire caused heavy damage to the attached garage and the attic area in the rear of the house and smoke damage throughout the house.

The five displaced residents were able to spend the night with relatives or friends in the area. Schuppe said the fire department provided an After the Fire Kit, which contained necessities and some items that will provide protection when the people return home to remove personal belongings.

Four of the five engine companies in Brighton were among the units at the scene. Schuppe said one fire engine remained in service to take care of other calls in the city.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Schuppe said units finished up their preliminary work around 2 a.m. March 23.