1 believed dead in Longmont Fire

2 children escape

LONGMONT, Colo. - One person is presumed dead in a fire that burned an unoccupied building in Longmont.

The fire started after a pickup traveling southbound on Bowen St., accelerated from a stop sign across Boston Avenue and crashed into the building, Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said in a statement.    

The pickup was driven by the 34-year-old man from Longmont.  His two children, a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, were able to get out of the car but could not pull their father from the vehicle.

Satur said the father is believed to have died in the fire. Longmont Fire has not been able to enter the building as the fire was burning extremely hot.

The building was formerly occupied by AA plumbing. It is currently unoccupied and has been  unoccupied since the Sept. 2013 floods.

Satur said the building would be secured for the night because it was still unsafe for investigators to enter. The recovery of the man's body won't take place until Thursday.

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