Denver Fire Department

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Station 26 Brewing opens in an old firehouse in north Park Hill/Stapleton

    Station 26 Brewing opened Saturday afternoon in a beautifully renovated old Denver firehouse in northeast Park Hill that was vacated several years ago when the station was moved further east into the Stapleton neighborhood. Owner Justin Baccary had been planning to wait one more week, but when he r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Photos: Curtis Club opening Friday night a very hot time

    Friday night's opening-night festivities at the Curtis Club were hot -- so hot the fire department showed up when the smoke alarm went off. But once the smoke cleared, the party continued. The space looks very different from how it did in its Old Curtis Street Tavern incarnation, but the hood of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Station 26 Brewing will open in an old firehouse between north Park Hill and Stapleton

    Northeast Denver residents have been a little hot under the collar over the past two years as they watched brewery after brewery open on the other side of town. But this fall, Station 26 Brewing will cool off those flames when it opens in a former fire station at 38th Avenue and Pontiac Street, bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Christopher DuBois used gun that couldn't shoot to commit suicide by cop, DA reveals

    In May, we reported about an incident during which a man was shot by police after holding a gun to his own head in an incident caught on video. At the time, we wondered if this tragic occurrence was an example of a phenomenon known as suicide by cop, and that's the conclusion reached by Denver Dist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Ten ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

    Put on your stars and stripes and your red, white and blue: the Fourth of July is just days away. Across the United States, fireworks, parades and barbecues will celebrate Independence Day -- and Denver has no shortage of patriotic pride. Here are ten ways to celebrate this year. See also: - Fiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The five best new breakfast spots in Denver

    If breakfast means more to you than a cup (or three) of coffee, you're probably already acquainted with the pancakes, eggs and crepes at such perennial favorites as Gaia Bistro, Jelly, Snooze, Devil's Food and DJ's Berkeley Cafe. The latter's sibling restaurant, DJ's 9th Avenue Café, which opened i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Christopher Padgett accused of racking up nine arson counts in three blocks

    Christopher Padgett, eighteen, is accused of being a busy boy. The Denver District Attorney's Office is charging Padget with nine counts of arson related to blazes all set on the same night within three blocks of each other in the Park Hill neighborhood. The Denver Police Department account can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Chimeneas can't be lit in Denver -- unless they're being used as a barbecue

    All those outdoor fireplaces at the big-box stores look like they'd make great holiday gifts -- but not for Denver residents. Because outdoor fires are banned here, unless they're used for cooking. One fire-loving Platt Park couple learned that last winter, when they were huddled around their backy ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Denver Fire Department: Does it have a diversity problem?

    Out of 32 assistant chiefs currently working in the Denver Fire Department, one is black, four are Hispanic and there are no females. Of 62 captains below them, six are black, and three of those are eligible to retire in coming years. The consequence of these numbers according to some members? As in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Ex-client sues lawyer Chad Hemmat over "toothless cooties" case

    The law firm of Anderson, Hemmat & Levine doesn't keep its light under a bushel. Commercials and billboards across the Front Range boast of how hard the personal-injury firm fights for its clients. The AHL website proclaims that "Justice for Victims Begins Here." But a disgruntled former client is ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    John Hickenlooper bans open fires -- but they're already illegal in Denver

    The smell of smoke is in the air. It could be a long-distance reminder of the High Park Fire still raging outside Fort Collins. Or it could be your next-door neighbors here in Denver, lighting up their illicit fire pit. Or their completely illegal chimenea.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Medical marijuana: Arson suspected in Green Door Wellness dispensary fire

    The Denver Fire Department is still investigating a suspicious fire at a Green Door Wellness medical marijuana dispensary at 155 Federal earlier this week. But that's about all the information that we've been able to get out of anyone involved with the case after days of asking for more details.

  • News

    March 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Outdoor fires are banned in Denver: Watch out for smoking deals on chimeneas

    This first spring weekend, as you plan yard projects, skip the outdoor fireplace: Its use is banned in Denver. And that ban extends to those hot-hot fire pits and chimineas that stores will be pushing -- without telling you that firing one up can get you a visit from the Denver Fire Department.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Marijuana grow fires in scary TV report were out before fire crews arrived

    Fire officials point to recent fires at medical marijuana cultivation sites as proof of increasing dangers at such facilities, which harness loads of energy to power the fans, lights and filters needed to produce high volumes of cannabis. But are these grows really the electrical-blaze equivalent of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Colorado firefighter calendar rises from the ashes tonight

    ​The party had everything: a worthy beneficiary (the Children's Hospital Burn Center), lots of alcohol for the mostly female crowd, and stripped-down, smokin' hot firefighters. But then the Denver District Attorney threw a wet blanket on the fun: Turns out that Fired Up for Kids might not have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Glass blowers fire up the torches for Denver firefighters

    A Buck fish.​Tomorrow, some of the country's top glass artists will be getting together at Illuzion Glass Studios on South Broadway to benefit the Friends of the Denver Fire Department. And while it might seem a bit self-serving for a bunch of guys who play with fire and molten glass all day t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Elitch Gardens fireworks show tonight will be a real blast

    ​Get out your earplugs! All summer long, Elitch Gardens has been ending every night with a fireworks show -- although the amusement park modified the display, muting the "high-percussive" explosions when some neighbors complained about the noise. But tonight, as part of a competition, the park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Time-wasting photo: Cat bong

    ​There's nothing funny about household pets perishing from smoke inhalation, but a cat in an oxygen mask, apparently, is hilarious -- even the cops in the background think it's funny, and cops never think anything is funny. The cat, however, is not amused.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Sad pay phone of the week: The pay phone at 25th and Washington

    ​Location: 25th and Washington. Number: Unknown. Status: Operable. Cost: 50 cents for local calls. Photo taken: 2:45 p.m. on March 31.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Elitch Gardens skeletons echo fire department's parking warning: Kenny Be's Sign Language

    Denver Fire Department's No Parking Zone gets picked to the bones.​ From the angle in which the above photograph was taken, it appears that the hanging skeletons warn of dire consequences for scofflaws who disobey the Denver Fire Department's "no parking or storage allowed within 50 feet of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Walter Bond: Radical animal-rights activist pleads guilty to burning down Sheepskin Factory

    Walter Bond.​Animal activist Walter Bond is a man so devoted to his cause that he wears a giant "VEGAN" tattoo on his neck. So it's no surprise he showed zero remorse when officially pleading guilty to arson related to a fire at Glendale's Sheepskin Factory in April -- a crime for which he fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver: 256 and counting

    ​Early this year, reports that the city had issued more than 390 sales tax licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries led many to proclaim Denver "Cannabis Capital USA." But once city council passed new dispensary regulations on January 11 requiring all current dispensary owners to apply for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Over the weekend: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel Variety Show

    Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel Variety ShowSaturday, December 12, 2009Bluebird TheaterBetter Than: The V Ultimate Variety show featuring Wally Eastwood. An estimated 48 musicians took part in the third annual Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel variety show on Saturday night. All of them played br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Katie Mullen's will be hot tonight

    Katie Mullen's, the Irish restaurant and bar at 1550 Court Place, opened two months ago, but it's hosting a grand-opening party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 that's a benefit for Friends of the Denver Fire Department. Tickets are $25, and include cocktails and appetizers; for more informati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Denver Health to City Auditor: You aren't the boss of us!

    Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher presented his office's long-awaited report on the city's emergency medical response system yesterday, saying that the information his team has compiled "speaks for itself." His choice of such a careful phrase to describe the scathing assessment is indicative of the bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Denver Council signs off on most expensive cookbook ever

    Bill Cardona. On Monday, November 10, the Denver City Council approved Resolution 185, authorizing a payment of $438,968.80 to settle claims brought against the city by ex-firefighter Bill Cadorna, who was dismissed after being falsely accused of shoplifting a cookbook. Add that amount to back pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Denver ambulances using wrong response time standard, says Denver Auditor

    Denver Health, the city’s safety-net hospital, has been operating its ambulance service under an inadequate response-time standard, according the city watchdog. The Denver Auditor’s Office on Thursday issued an alert to Mayor John Hickenlooper and various Safety Department agencies, warning th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    The Chili Cook Off is one hot competition

    Photos by Nancy Levine. See more after the jump. I am a creature of habit, and there are a few events I look forward to every fall. I’ve attended Oktoberfest since I was old enough to drive, although I’m still confused as to why it’s in September. And no sooner is Oktoberfest over than I sta ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Denver Health Admits Miscalculations

    On Wednesday, June 4, administrators at the Denver Health and Hospital Authority admitted that they have been miscalculating the ambulance-response times of their paramedic division for the past four years. This admission came in the wake of a Westword investigation which revealed that Denver Health ... More >>

  • News

    June 5, 2008

    Delayed Emergency Response

    Minutes can make the difference between life and death — but does Denver Health know how to tell time?

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Best of Denver Winners From 1994

    In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 12/20/2007

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2007

    Look Out Below

    A digital tree grows in Denver. As Alan Prendergast wrote in his profile of Denver-based MapQuest, the realm of internet mapping services is all about location, location, location. These days, however, the name of the game is not just digitally locating a specific location, it's rendering that loc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 20, 2005

    Grrls, Grrls, Grrls

    The SuicideGirls are ready to torch the town.

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    The Beatdown

    A punk-rock burlesquecapade puts the suicide squeeze on one local venue.

  • Music

    February 27, 2003


    A new documentary ensures that Friends Forever will live forever on celluloid.

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Off Limits

    Hot times in the old town

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Out of the Blue

    Ride the light...ride the light...ride the light.

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Westward Hoaxes

    Denver officials and the press grope for the best way to deal with bogus anthrax scares.

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Off Limits

    Dumb's the word.

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Rescue Me

    An appreciation of fireguys, and one rogue amazon.

  • News

    April 30, 1998

    Bad Chemistry

    A state lab technician worries about safety in the workplace.

  • Dining

    March 19, 1998
  • News

    January 10, 1996



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