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Man dies in Fort Collins apartment fire, marking 2nd fire fatality in about 2 weeks

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Oct 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-21 21:38:00-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A man has died in an early Saturday morning apartment fire in Fort Collins, marking the second fire fatality in the city in about two weeks, according to Poudre Fire Authority officials.

The Larimer County Coroner has identified the man as 29-year-old Dustin Burch of Fort Collins.

Crews were dispatched to the Cammire condo complex, at 2115 W. Plum St., at 1:58 a.m. following multiple 911 calls reporting an apartment on fire.

Once at the scene, firefighters searched the second-floor apartment and removed Burch from the scene. He was the only one there at the time of the fire and was declared deceased.

The fire was under control at around 2:13 a.m. There was smoke and fire damage throughout the unit.

Poudre Fire Authority officials said a second person lived in the unit but wasn’t home during the fire.

“Our community has experienced multiple tragedies in recent weeks and days,” said Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom DeMint. “These events have a ripple-effect that’s wide-reaching. Keep each other close. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. And know that we can get through this together.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.