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Support Services & Crisis Information

Here you will find follow-up information regarding the 18th & Emerson Fire Incident.

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 have identified multiple nearby buildings that have been damaged, or may have been damaged, as a result of this fire. The block has been fenced off and the buildings have been posted as unsafe.

Updated 3/14/2018

Vigil Planned for Victims in Denver Construction Fire

A vigil will be held Friday to honor the two construction workers who died in last week's fire off Emerson Street. Anyone is welcome to attend the vigil.

  • Date Friday March 16, 2018
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: Corner of Park Avenue West and Emerson Street.

When can you access your home/business to pick up essential belongings and start repairs?

Over the weekend, Denver Police provided access to the buildings on this block for residents to retrieve belongings and vehicles, and begin to plan for future renovations and repairs. City inspectors and Xcel Energy also worked over the weekend to restore power to several buildings that were farthest away from the fire and allow these to be re-occupied. Assessments and repairs will continue this week.

For residents, business owners, and contractors who need to access their property or who are working to repair areas damaged by the fire, please access still-unoccupied buildings only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Police officers will expect unoccupied buildings not to have activity after 7 p.m.

For the security of your property and your neighbors’ property, please lock the gate behind you when coming or going, and take the precautions necessary to secure your unit/belongings. Please ensure contractors or other third parties close and lock gates when coming or going, and especially when leaving for the night.


What are my next steps?

  • As a property owner or if you have renter’s insurance, call your insurance company first.
  • Contact the Red Cross for assistance with insurance case work, health services, mental health and spiritual care services, food, transportation and more. Red Cross: 1-800-417-0495.
  • The Colorado Division of Insurance can also provide support for claims, casework, and general insurance questions. You can reach them at 1-800-930-3745 or 303-894-7499.
  • If you are a contractor applying for related permits, please indicate on your e-permits application or in person at our permit counter that your project is for repairs to buildings damaged by the 1833 Emerson fire. We are committed to expediting these permits to get displaced residents and businesses back into their buildings quickly and safely.

When will I be able to permanently return to my space?

City inspectors have identified multiple nearby buildings that have been damaged, or may have been damaged, as a result of the 1833 Emerson fire. It includes essentially all buildings on this block.

The block has been fenced off and the buildings have been posted as unsafe.

Depending on the damage to your building, some people may be displaced for several weeks until your building can be assessed and repaired. The Red Cross is able to provide housing options for people displaced by the fire.

If you are displaced and have a pet, please try to find family or friends that can temporarily care for your animal. If you need help with the care of your pet, contact 311 and the Denver Animal Shelter will be able to help.

What is the city doing now?

The city is enlisting third parties to assess the damage to the buildings impacted by the fire. This will include preliminary assessments by structural and electrical engineers as well as environmental consultants. We are taking this step in order to expedite the repair work that will be necessary to get people back in their homes quickly.

The preliminary assessment will give building owners a starting point for understanding the type and amount of repair work that will be needed on their property. Each owner will then need to hire their own engineers or contractors to do a full assessment, apply for permits, and complete the work necessary. To further speed up the process of allowing people to return to their homes, Community Planning and Development will expedite any permits and inspections that may be needed to repair structures impacted by the fire.


Ash/Burned Debris

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:

  • If vacuuming, take care to ensure the vacuum cleaner is equipped with a HEPA filtration.
  • Launder or dry clean all affected clothing.
  • Clean all impacted household items with mild soap.
  • Steam clean all affected carpets, upholstered furniture and mattresses – changing water/solution frequently.


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 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.

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