2 killed in Denver construction site fire identified

DENVER (KKTV) - It was a dramatic sight in the heart of Denver: flames shooting as tall as nearby skyrises, a towering plume of black smoke visible for miles and people reportedly jumping from the third floor one week ago.

Firefighters scrambled to get the scene under control as flames claimed a five-story structure under construction near the Colorado Capitol on March 7. On Wednesday, the Denver coroner identified the two people killed in the blaze. Roberto Flores Prieto, 29, and Dustin Peterson, 37, both died in the fire.

Prieto was found on the day of the fire, March 7. He had been working on the fifth floor of the building when the fire broke out and did not have an escape route.

Peterson was found Thursday afternoon. He was on the third floor when the fire started. His family says that an escape lift was provided to him, but they say Peterson heard someone screaming and went back into the blaze to help.

At least six other people were injured, among them a firefighter. One construction worker was listed in critical condition. The fire damaged 13 buildings and destroyed about 30 cars that were parked nearby.

Firefighters could be seen standing on rooftops surrounding the fire and dousing the structure with water. Sister station KCNC reports more than 100 joined the fire fight.

A number of people had to be rescued from a building just to the south of the fire. Crews battled flames on the top of six different buildings.

Denver Fire Capt. Greg Pixley told KCNC heat from the fire could be felt as far away as the Midtown Medical Building.

The cause is still not clear.