Three dead in Denver house fire, including child

(CNN) — Three people are dead, including a young child, after a house fire in Denver, Colorado, early Friday morning, according to local authorities. Officials received multiple 911 calls from residents of the surrounding…

Three dead in Denver house fire, including child

(CNN) — Three people are dead, including a young child, after a house fire in Denver, Colorado, early Friday morning, according to local authorities.

Officials received multiple 911 calls from residents of the surrounding community about the house fire at about 1:45 a.m. local time, Denver Fire Department spokesman Doug Schepman said.

There, officials found three adults and a young child dead in one of the homes.

“We can confirm there are two bodies inside, one child,” Schepman said at a news conference Friday morning. “There were five people in the house, two adults and three children.”

Those who called 911 did not know the gender of the victims, but did identify the victim who was younger than 8 years old, Schepman said.

The identity of the three adults has not been released. Authorities are awaiting the arrival of an autopsy report to confirm their identities, the fire department said.

Investigators did not know the relationship between the individual with the 8-year-old’s, who was the one believed to be alive at the time of the fire, and the other two adults.

Of the surviving children, Schepman said, “the two youngest children are 6 and 7 years old. The oldest child is 10 years old.”

Officers discovered an abandoned car that was parked in the front yard of the home after the fire.

“The investigators are working right now to determine if that is related to the fire. There was a brief search of the house, but no evidence of a crime or anything that appeared suspicious was found,” Schepman said.

There were no neighbors on the street Friday morning when CNN went to the scene. People had reportedly gathered in the nearby community to support one another.

“We’re just living day by day and waiting for the return of our loved ones,” one woman said.

Authorities said the city’s arson investigation division is leading the investigation. The fire department received several 911 calls from area residents at the time of the fire, Schepman said.

“We are continuing to investigate the fire as it was already started and is being investigated as an unattended death. The investigation is still ongoing and we do not have any information to release right now on what started this fire,” Denver Fire spokeswoman Laura Martin said.

Authorities added they will be releasing a statement in the coming days and asked for questions to be directed to the city’s Department of Fire Safety.

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