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1 found dead at scene of Security house fire

Firefighters at the scene of a house fire in Security on May 17, 2021.
Firefighters at the scene of a house fire in Security on May 17, 2021.(KKTV)
Published: May. 17, 2021 at 5:35 AM MDT|Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 12:59 PM MDT
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SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. (KKTV) - One person was found dead inside a home in Security after firefighters responded to an early morning fire.

According to a spokesperson with the Security Fire Department, a neighbor saw flames shooting out of the roof of a home on Cypress Drive around 2:30 a.m. Monday and called 911.

“As I pulled out of our station and turned this direction, I was able to see the flames from our station,” said Brandon Sullivan with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. “We arrived first, flames were completely through the roof, and we started the initial fire attack at that point.”

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. Three hours later, smoke could still be seen pouring out of the home.

Firefighters found the victim during a secondary search of the home while still battling the fire. Officials have not identified the victim at the time of this writing, but firefighters believe the victim was the occupant of the house and was the only person inside.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 85-year-old Frieda Mason.

A dog that reportedly lived in the home has not been located.

“As of right now, there’s no evidence of the dog being in the house. We have not seen the dog since our arrival at all today. Unsure of the condition of the dog or if the dog was even at home,” Sullivan said.

There is currently no available description of the dog.

The fire decimated the roof of the home and caused additional damage elsewhere in the house. Investigators are now trying to determine what started the fire.

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