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Fatal Kremmling fire under investigation

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Courtesy Kremmling Police DepartmentSmoke pours from one of the duplxes at 109 Central Ave. in Kremmling during a March 6 fire that claimed the life of an unidentified victim.

The investigation of a fatal Kremmling house fire that took place last Thursday afternoon, March 6, is ongoing.

Police Chief Scott Spade said one person died in the fire that burned the western half of a rental duplex at 109 Central Avenue. He said “no positive identification” of the victim has been officially determined.

Spade said the 9-1-1 call about the fire was made at 1:43 p.m. Thursday. Two residents across the street from the duplex spotted the blaze and telephoned for help.

The Kremmling Fire Department and Kremmling Police responded immediately. The blaze inside the duplex was quickly suppressed.

Within the burned structure, firefighters discovered what Spade described as the “badly burned” body of an adult male. The discovery was made at 2:35 p.m.

The duplex at 109 Central Avenue is a rental property owned by Mark Gamble of Silverthorne. After the fire, Spade reported that “all tenants of the duplex have been accounted for.”

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The identity of the victim is believed to be known, Spade explained, but cannot be positively determined until dental records have been reviewed. Once that has happened and the victim’s identity has been confirmed, the next of kin will be notified and then the public will be informed.

An autopsy on the victim was performed under the supervision of the Grand County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death is still pending a toxicology report.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Grand County Sheriff’s Office participated in an investigation of the cause of the blaze. A final CBI report is expected in the next two to three weeks.

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