Pueblo House Fire Victim Identified

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

The Pueblo County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who died in a blaze Thursday afternoon.

The victim is Joseph Prutch, according to County Coroner James Kramer.

Firefighters also say that at least one cat died in the house fire at 128 Jackson Street in Pueblo.

According to the fire department, the first crews arrived two minutes after the fire was reported at 12:17 p.m. They found heavy smoke billowing out from the historic 1881 home.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire officials said they suspected it started in the basement and spread to the first floor. Prutch was found in the basement, and officials say that is where he resided.

A woman was able to get out and was taken to the hospital for observation. Her home was rendered uninhabitable by the fire.

Additionally, at least one of three cats reported inside the home were confirmed killed in the fire.

This is the first fire fatality in the city of Pueblo in 2012.

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