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1 found dead after early morning house fire in Lakewood

A home was 'fully involved' as firefighters arrived on scene, according to West Metro Fire Rescue.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A body was found in a home in Lakewood after an early morning fire in the 2700 block of South Cole Court, according to West Metro Fire Rescue (WMFR).

The call for the fire came in at about 5:03 a.m., according to Rhonda Scholting with WMFR. When firefighters arrived on scene, the house was fully involved, Scholting said.

Firefighters took a 'defensive posture' as it was unsafe to enter the building upon arrival, according to Scholting. Crews were working on protecting adjacent structures.

A neighbor captured a video below of the home fully engulfed in flames:

Just after 7 a.m., WMFR said the fire was out, the resident believed to be inside was still unaccounted for. 

Around 9:45 a.m., WMFR said crews were still working hot spots, and that the structure was unstable due to a partial collapse on the back side.

WMFR said just after 1 p.m. a body had been found. Jefferson County Coroner's Office will identify the victim and determine a cause of death after an autopsy.

The home was a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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