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Coroner identifies two from Firestone house fire

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By Beth Potter

Investigators found two men's bodies as they sifted through rubble, searching for clues to a fire and explosion that destroyed a home in the 6300 block of Twilight Avenue near Colorado and Firestone boulevards.

Mark Joseph Martinez, 42, of Firestone and Joseph William Irwin, III, 42, of Frederick, were identified by the Weld County coroner. They were believed to be in the two-story home at the time of the fire around 4:45 p.m. Monday, April 17, said Summer Campos, spokeswoman for the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District.

A woman was airlifted and a child was taken by ambulance to an area hospital after the fire started, Campos said. Neighbors said the homeowner works for Firestone Public Works, and that he came home to fix a broken water heater, according to published reports.

Fire investigators, Colorado Bureau of Investigation personnel and Firestone Police Department officers all are at the scene, Campos said.

“What we’re working on is a slow process. We have to slowly remove all of the debris,” Campos said.

Two children who lived at the home are OK and safe, Campos said. Thunder Valley K-8 School representatives are taking donations for the children – a 9-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. Those items include bathroom and kitchen needs and gift cards.