Man found dead in Fort Collins apartment fire

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A man died in an apartment fire early Saturday morning in Fort Collins, the Poudre Fire Authority said.

The Larimer County Coroner's Office later identified the man as 29-year-old Dustin Burch.

It's the second time a fire has killed someone in Fort Collins in the past two weeks.

The Poudre Fire Authority received multiple 911 calls just before 2 a.m. about a fire at the Cammire condominium complex at 2115 W. Plum St., just west of the Colorado State University campus.

Firefighters found the man in the second-floor unit and took him out. He was later pronounced dead. A second person lived in the unit but was not there at the time of the fire.

“Our community has experienced multiple tragedies in recent weeks and days,” Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom DeMint said. “These events have a ripple effect that’s wide reaching. Keep each other close. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. And know that we can get through this together.”

It took firefighters just a few minutes to extinguish the flames. There was smoke and fire damage throughout the unit.

The manner of death has been ruled as an accident by the coroner's office. The cause of death is smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

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