EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. Firefighters made a grisly discovery while battling a house fire early Friday morning.
A man's body was found inside the Security-area house and has been identified as 36-year-old Christopher Peterson.
The fire was discovered by a deputy who was investigating an unrelated vehicle.
"I was contacting a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot just north of a house on Daredevil Drive. At approximately 1:30, we heard smoke alarms going off in the house and we heard a single pop. At that point, I broke away from the suspicious vehicle and made way to the house that the alarm was originating from. We walked around the house and saw smoke coming out of the windows. As we were looking in the windows, we noticed a large amount of flames coming from the stairwell," said Deputy Thaddeus Austin with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Security firefighters found Peterson's body while trying to put the fire out.
Austin said there were multiple fires inside the house, but it's unclear if it was just from natural fire growth.
"I don't know where the fire originated from," he said.
Peterson was the only person inside the home, but several pets were rescued. The county coroner responded to the scene to take the body.
The Security Fire Department is now investigating what started the fire, while the sheriff's office is investigating the death. Austin said the death is not believed to be suspicious at this time.