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Worker killed in fall from Colorado Springs fire escape was father of five; funeral Tuesday

By: Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com
January 27, 2014 Updated: January 28, 2014 at 7:32 am
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A 41-year-old man who died after falling 20 feet from a fire escape in downtown Colorado Springs on Wednesday was a father of five and had worked for the Weathercraft roofing company for more than a decade, according to his employer, Weathercraft president John Fleming.

Pedro Arrazola had worked for the company since 2001, Fleming said, and said the family was close to the company.

"He was an incredibly likable person. A good hard worker, and he'll be missed very much by us and his family," Fleming said.

Fleming said Arrazola and his co-workers were inspecting the roof Wednesday afternoon and were instructed to access the building from the fire escape.

Arrazola fell to his death after a cable on an old fire escape snapped, he said.

Arrazola fell in the alley between the building at 31 N. Tejon St. and the bus station at Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue. He struck a metal stairwell during the fall and suffered injuries that likely led to his death, Colorado Springs police said.

According to Colorado Springs Fire Marshal Brett Lacey, the fire department does not regularly inspect fire escapes and there are no laws outlining a schedule for inspection. He said building owners are responsible for making sure fire escapes on their property are "maintained in good working order and are clear of obstructions."

A spokesman for OSHA confirmed that an investigation into the incident was open but did not release any additional details.

A funeral service for Arrazola will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Security.

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