Science teacher critically injured in Firestone home explosion

FIRESTONE - A high school science teacher is among the people injured in a fiery explosion that leveled a two-story home in Firestone on Monday afternoon.

Mountain Range High School, located in Westminster, sent a letter home to families and students of the school Tuesday morning. 

The letter identified the injured teacher as Erin Martinez.

Martinez has taught science classes at the high school since 2007, but has been with the Adams 12 Five Star School District since 2004. 

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Here's the text of the letter sent out to Mountain Range students and families: 

Dear Mountain Range Families;
It is with a heavy heart that I share some news with you this morning.

You may have seen on the news last night that there was a home explosion in Weld County.  This was the home of our science teacher, Mrs. Erin Martinez.

Mrs. Martinez was airlifted to the hospital and is in critical condition. From what we know, both her son and daughter are safe at this time.

It is believed that her husband and her brother were also in the home during the explosion, but we are awaiting further updates from authorities.

We shared this news with students this morning during their first hour class. Members from the district crisis team and the Mountain Range counseling staff are available at school to support students and staff during this time.

Incidents such as this impact people in unexpected ways, even if they were not directly involved. Reactions can range from shock, sadness, fear or anger. Those reactions change throughout the day, and even for days to come. Please feel free to contact the counseling office if your child is in need of additional support.

We are sending courage and strength to the Martinez family. During times of tragedy people often want to show their support.

Although we ask that you please respect the privacy of the family, we wanted to let you know the family has established a Go Fund Me account.

Sincerely,


Julie Enger
Principal

Counselors will be available at the school all week, according to a school district spokesperson. 

Rocky Mountain Christian Church is taking donations in the form of gift cards for the Martinez family through Friday. If you wish to help, send it to:

Rocky Mountain Christian Church for Martinez Family
5860 Majestic Street
Frederick 80503

The explosion happened in the Oak Meadows subdivision, which is near the intersection of Colorado and Firestone boulevards, just before 5 p.m. Monday. Fire crews said it may take days to sift through the rubble.

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