A woman in east Fort Collins told her neighbors that a man she knew had assaulted her in her home Monday, and as police were responding to the 911 call, the house exploded in flames, according to Fort Collins police.
Poudre Fire Authority crews also headed to the scene in the 2500 block of East Harmony Road to treat the woman’s injuries and fight the fire at the home, which was engulfed in flames when firefighters and police arrived, according to a press release.
Inside the home, firefighters found the body of a man whom they believe was the person who assaulted the woman, the release said.
The man’s name and cause and manner of death will be released later by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, the release said.
Because of the explosion, emergency responders were concerned about the safety of residents around the burning home, so they evacuated neighboring houses until the Northern Colorado Bomb Squad determined that the area was safe, according to the release.
Fort Collins police detectives have taken over the investigation and are asking anyone with information who has not spoken to police to call Detective Adam Braun at 970-221-6580.
People who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.
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