An autopsy was to take place this morning, Aug. 7, to determine the identification and cause of death of an adult person found after an Aug. 6 Sedalia house fire, said Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas.
The person who lived in the home, in the 2400 block of Colorado 67, hasn’t been located, “as far as I know,” said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. But Hanavan said at this point, the sheriff’s office wasn’t releasing the name of the home’s occupant.
The body was found after the early-morning fire, which destroyed the house, was extinguished and it was deemed safe for firefighters and investigators to enter, according to a Douglas County sheriff’s press release.
The cause and origin of the fire is still being investigated and “preliminary information does not indicate foul play,” according to a press release.
A neighbor who is a volunteer firefighter reported the fire about 5 a.m. after that neighbor and others smelled smoke and went “to check it out,” said Becky O’Guinn, South Metro Fire District spokeswoman.
The house, located about a mile up a one-lane dirt road off Colorado 67, was difficult to access and water wasn’t available. Tankers had to transport water from the Woodbine Ecology Center, which is about 1.5 miles away from the home, as well as getting water from other locations, O’Guinn said.
Hanavan said fire departments that responded included West Douglas, Franktown, Castle Rock, Jackson 105 and South Metro.