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5 dead following Denver house fire; evidence found of possible arson

Five people were found dead inside a home near Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 5, 2020.
Five people were found dead inside a home near Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 5, 2020.(Denver Fire Department)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 6:41 AM MDT
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DENVER (KKTV) - Five people including two small children are dead after a fire tore through a home in northeast Denver Wednesday morning.

A police officer in the area as well as multiple neighbors saw the smoke and called firefighters around 2:40 a.m.

“Officers arrived and quickly determined there were people in the home,” said Denver Police Investigations Division Chief Joe Montoya. “... There was a valiant effort to try and pull people from the home. They were unable to save some of the individuals who perished in the fire.”

Denver Fire Department spokesperson Greg Pixley said five people were later found dead on the first floor.

“Initial reports indicate that there was one toddler, one child and three adults that succumbed to the effects of the fire,” Pixley said.

Three people survived by jumping from an upper story.

Denver homicide detectives are now assisting with the investigation.

“People did die as a result of this fire, and we have some indication through some evidence that it was an arson,” Montoya said.

Montoya declined to discuss the evidence pointing at arson.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update as we learn more.

LIVE LOOK: Aerial footage of a northeast Denver home where five were found dead following a large house fire. https://www.kktv.com/2020/08/05/5-found-dead-following-denver-house-fire/

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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