Residents of Tabor Apartments in Brush were allowed to return home today following a fire on Tuesday, October 19.
The Brush Volunteer Fire Department received the call for a fire at 2:19 a.m. Tuesday and was joined on site by the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department, Hillrose Snyder Volunteer Fire Department, the Brush Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Morgan County Ambulance Department.
“Our preliminary investigation indicates that this was an accidental fire, so we don’t think it was intentional,” said Police Chief Derek Bos. “We’re still interviewing people and haven’t made a final decision yet.”
The Tabor apartments have 30 apartments in total and the activity room and two apartments were considered a loss as these two residents have since been relocated. All residents were moved on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and are allowed to start returning as of today.
Helen Beck was one of two residents who had to leave her apartment for good due to the extreme damage caused by the fire. She was not injured and was able to get out of her apartment before it was too late.
According to her daughter Debora Beck-Massey, Helen Beck woke up a little after 1 a.m. and could hear a thudding noise coming from below her. She went to get a book to read in order to relax and fall back to sleep when she noticed a pillar of fire floating in front of her window.
Beck ran out of his room and set off the fire alarm before knocking on his neighbors’ doors and yelling “fire” to alert them to the fire outside. All of the residents made it unharmed, but it was certainly a traumatic experience, especially for Beck who, at 85, is not as lively as she once was, Beck-Massey said.
Beck-Massey was able to call and move his mother into an apartment in Hillcrest and the family came together to support Beck and his brother Wayne Holt, who also lived in Tabor. His apartment was on the other side of the building and he was able to return.
“They admit that if Mum hadn’t woken up at 1:15 a.m. and found out about this fire, they could have lost half the building and its residents,” Beck-Massey said. “I’m glad they got out and I’m glad they’re safe.”
The resident directly above Beck was the other resident whose apartment was badly damaged and has now moved.
“All the apartments were moved for three days,” said apartment manager Jamie Guzman. “The smoke damage was very minimal. We had to go through the process of an air quality test. Glad to have the residents moved in today.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Brush Police Department and is believed to have impacted three floors of the building.
“We are very grateful to all the entities who assisted us on this call,” said BVFD Deputy Chief Ray Uhrick. “We are grateful for the working relationships we have with these entities. This type of call could have had a very different outcome without the prompt response from the Brush Fire Department and our support partners. But due to the swift response from all parties involved in the appeal, there were no injuries to civilians or first responders. “