68-year-old man dies trying to put out house fire in northeast Colorado

BRIGGSDALE, Colo. -- A man died in a house fire in Briggdsale early Sunday morning, the Weld County Sheriff's Office said.

The fire was reported at 3:50 a.m. in the 3900 block of Weld County Road 68. A man and woman were in the house when it caught fire, the sheriff's office said.

The woman got out of the house and called 911, but the 68-year-old man stayed inside to try to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, the sheriff's office said. At the time, the fire was contained to the living room.

Within about 20 minutes, the home was fully engulfed.

"Responders had not yet arrived on scene and the male was still inside the house," the sheriff's office said.

The man died in the incident. His name has not been released. The sheriff’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Briggsdale is about 40 miles east of Fort Collins.

A GoFundMe page has been set up.