December 19, 2019
Single fatality confirmed after fire ignites at Lydia Morgan Senior Housing in Louisville
Boulder County Housing Authority is working with Louisville Police and Fire to support the investigation
Boulder County, Colo. -- The Louisville Fire Department was dispatched Wednesday night to a report of a fire alarm at the Lydia Morgan senior community living development managed by the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) at 1450 Lincoln Avenue in Louisville. When crews arrived on-scene, they discovered a working fire. Residential sprinklers were able to contain the fire to one apartment.
While searching the unit, crews located one person. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. No additional injuries to occupants or firefighters were reported. Residents evacuated the building following the alarm and returned to their apartments after fire officials deemed it was safe. Assistance was also provided by Rocky Mountain Fire, Lafayette Fire, and the Red Cross.
Staff from the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services, which includes BCHA, have been on-site at Lydia Morgan all day working to keep residents comforted and informed.
“All of us are deeply saddened and offer our condolences to the victim’s family and the residents of Lydia Morgan,” said Boulder County Housing Authority Deputy Director Norrie Boyd. “We will work closely with our community members and will be supporting the family and residents over the coming days and weeks in any way we can.”
Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services staff are also collaborating with Louisville Police and Fire departments as they continue their work in response to the incident.
“We are deeply grateful for the rapid response from Louisville police and fire personnel, which helped ensure Lydia Morgan residents were kept safe and the building was secure,” Boyd said. “Louisville’s first responders are excellent partners in helping our community feel welcome, supported, and safe.”
In addition to the fire suppression systems at Lydia Morgan which kept the flames isolated to a small area, the fire alarm system alerted residents who were able to quickly evacuate the 30-unit building. At one point during the night, ambulances were brought in to help keep some of the residents warm as they waited to return to their homes.