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71-year-old killed in western Colorado house fire identified

February 11, 2020 GMT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 71-year-old who was killed in a house fire in western Colorado.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports firefighters were called to the single-story home in Clifton on Saturday morning and put out a fire that started in a back bedroom. The Mesa County coroner’s office identified the victim as Merrill Collom and said the death appears to be accidental.

Fire Chief Charles Balke says the department responded with two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance and had the fire under control within 10 minutes. The flames were contained within the home, and the majority of the damage was isolated to the bedroom.