Deaths of people inside burning trailer ruled accidental

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- The scorched bodies of two people and several animals were found early Thursday inside a burning trailer in Loveland, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Officials responded to a fire at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park about 12:03 a.m., LCSO said. Firefighters arrived to find trailer No. 30 engulfed in flames.

Upon entering the structure, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies found the remains of two people. The Coroner's Office has identified 70-year-old Hazel Piper and her son, 50-year-old Harvard Thomas, as the 2 people who died inside the home. Several family pets also perished.

Family members say Thomas had been battling brain cancer for almost three years.

The deaths were ruled accidental, the result of smoke inhalation and burns, police said.

Police were still working Thursday to determine what exactly happened.

2 comments

  • Robert Gift

    So sad. If not intentional (murder/suicide) this likely was totally preventable if they had working smoke alarms.
    Never sleep where no smoke alarm.
    In our sleep we can inhale smoke containing poisonous gasses and be put from sleep into unconsciousness. Then we cannot escape an easily-vacated area.

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