Pickup truck crashes into Longmont building, sparks fire that kills driver

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- A Longmont family mourns the loss of a husband and father, after he crashed his truck into a building and ignited a fire Wednesday. His two children were with him—but escaped injury. It happened about 4 p.m. at 110 S. Bowen Circle, off Boston Avenue. Police say the victim stopped at a stop sign on Bowen, when he apparently had a seizure and accelerated across Boston Avenue, straight into the side of the AA Plumbing Service building. “We have a fully-involved, single-story structure, commercial. Heavy smoke,” says a dispatcher on the website Radio Reference. It was a big fire sparked by a single-vehicle accident—involving a 34-year-old father with his two kids, a 13-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. “He pulled up to the stop sign. Had some sort of seizure is what was reported. He crossed the intersection, took out a stop sign, then, crashed into the building,” says Longmont Police Sgt. Jeff Satur. His Dodge Ram pickup tore a hole into the unoccupied metal building—immediately igniting a fire and forcing his kids to try to save their dad. “There is supposedly a father that had a seizure. He’s still in the car in the building,” says a dispatcher on Radio Reference. “Both his children tried to get him out of the truck. They were not successful. Then, they fled the building as a result of the fire,” says Satur. The fire burned so hot—firefighters could only fight the flames from outside the building. “The building is going to be a complete loss,” says Satur. The owner of AA Plumbing, Vince Kelley, says it’s their second loss in six months. Two-feet of water flooded them out in September. They were in the process of moving into a new building. “I know they’re devastated,” says Satur. But it’s a loss that pales to the loss of life for one Longmont family. “The wife of the victim may be on her way here,” says a dispatcher on Radio Reference. The son of the building’s owner, Ernest Owen, says the shop was about half full of plumbing supplies and materials—mostly plastic fittings. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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