Mother, son die after firefighters pull them from house fire in Arvada

ARVADA, Colo. — A mother and her adult son died after firefighters pulled them from a burning home early Friday morning.

The fire was reported around 2:50 a.m. by residents in a home near the Apex Tennis Center who had their windows open and smelled smoke, said Arvada Fire Protection District Spokeswoman Michelle Cherniske. Firefighters determined there was no fire at the home and began searching for the source of the smoke.

They discovered smoke coming from a different home at 10160 W. 64th Ave.

The mother and son were rescued from the house by firefighters, according to Arvada Fire Protection District. Both died afterward. The mother had been identified as Lorraine Cowan, 95, and Stephen Ringenberg, 68. They both lived at the home. 

One of the victims was transported to Lutheran Medical Center. Crews stayed at the scene with the other person to assess the extent of their injuries, Cherniske said. 

The Arvada Fire Protection District said the fire started in the basement. The cause is still under investigation. 

This is a developing story; please refresh for updates through the morning.

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