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Colorado deputy found dead at house fire

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Posted at 10:15 AM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 12:15:21-04

DURANGO, Colo. -- Authorities say they are investigating the death of a 42-year-old sheriff's deputy who was found unresponsive inside a house that burned in southern Colorado.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Sunday that victim Jeremiah Lee was found in the early morning hours on Friday inside a residence on County Road 516 in the town of Bayfield.

According to the Durango Herald initial reports said fire crews found a man inside the house with a gunshot wound. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said the cause of death had not been determined.

The Herald says Lee was a long-time resident of Bayfield and had worked for the Durango Police for 18 years before joining the La Plata County Sheriff's Office a year or two ago.