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Coroner identifies men who died in massive northern Colorado house fire, explosion

By: Jesse Paul, The Denver Post
April 20, 2017 Updated: April 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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Federick-Firestone FD respond to a report of a house explosion on Twilight Ave on April 17, 2017 in Firestone. There was a report of on person taken to the hospital. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)

The two men who died Monday afternoon in a massive Firestone house explosion and fire have been identified.

Mark Joseph Martinez and Joseph William Irwin III, both 42, were killed. Their bodies were found in the ruins of the home on Tuesday after search crews spent hours scouring the destruction.

The explosion happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday and quickly led to a massive blaze at the two-story home on the 6300 block of Twilight Avenue, near Colorado 119 and Weld County Road 13. A woman identified as Erin Martinez — wife of Mark Martinez — was airlifted from the scene and a juvenile male was taken for medical care in an ambulance.

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