Mother, adult son killed in early-morning house fire in Arvada

ARVADA, Colo. -- A 95-year-old woman and her 68-year-old son were killed in an early-morning house fire on Friday, the Arvada Fire Protection District said.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified them as Lorraine Cowan and Stephen Ringerberg. Both lived in the home.

Both were removed from the house by firefighters. Ringerberg was pronounced dead at the scene, while Cowan was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The fire was reported about 2:50 a.m. in the 10100 block of West 64th Avenue near the Apex Tennis Center when a neighbor who had their windows open called to report smelling smoke.

Firefighters had to comb the neighborhood searching for the fire. Once they found it, they went into an offensive strategy and had it out by 3:45 a.m.

There was not much damage to the exterior of the home, but there is extensive damage inside, officials said.

The fire started in the basement but the cause is under investigation.

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