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Person found dead after fire at Fort Collins home

A man spotted near the home after the fire had a protection order prohibiting him from being there, police said.
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FORT COLLINS, Colo — A person was found dead Wednesday after a fire Tuesday at a Fort Collins home, the Fort Collins police department said

Police said the fire was reported around 4:23 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Churchill Court. When first responders arrived, they found the home fully engulfed in flames, police said. Due to the intensity of the fire and potential instability of the structure, firefighters worked to put it out from the outside. 

Police said they tried to confirm the locations of people associated with the home, but were unable to reach a woman who lived there. 

Officers provided security at the home throughout the night, police said. At one point, officers watching the home saw a man near the scene. They talked to the man and learned he had warrants for his arrest, police said. They also learned there was an active protection order prohibiting him from being near the home. 

The man was booked into jail on the warrant, as well as a new charge of violation of a protection order, police said.

On Wednesday, police said, investigators entered the home and found a person's remains inside. The Larimer County coroner will identify the person and determine how they died. 

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. Police said they don't believe there is any ongoing public safety threat to the community. 

Anyone with information that may help the investigation is asked to contact Detective Corporal Tessa Jakobsson at 970-221-6575, or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org


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