Pipeline leaks into Colorado resort pool; 6 injured

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Six people were injured, two seriously, when part of a heating and ventilation system fell into a swimming pool at a Colorado resort on Saturday, the Fire Department said.

There were between 50 and 100 guests in the pool when the incident occurred around 9:50 a.m. at the Gaylord Rockies resort near Denver International Airport, according to Aurora Fire Rescue.

Large metal ducts and mechanical parts that were mounted to the ceiling smashed into the pool deck and into the water, covering nearly the entire pool area, agency spokeswoman Sherri-Jo Stowell said.

The victims suffered injuries ranging from penetrating wounds and cuts to "injuries consistent with crushing," he said. He declined to disclose the ages of the victims, citing department policy.

Fire Chief Alec Oughton said crews were already at the complex, running up and down the stairs for physical training, when the collapse occurred.

An operator who answered the phone at the resort hung up on a reporter who called seeking comment.

The resort will conduct an investigation into the cause of the collapse and will be responsible for keeping guests out of the pool area, Oughton said.

The resort and convention center has more than 1,000 rooms, a water park, and meeting spaces.

Aurora officials said they expect a thorough investigation and thanked first responders.

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