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Fire victim identified; investigation ongoing


Last updated 6/3/2020 at 5:51am

Officials have identified the person found in a burning house in Security early last week.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies found Eric O’Brien, 34, inside the home. Previous reports stated two pets also were killed.

However, the exact cause of the fire and death have not yet been determined.

“Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Mr. O’Brien,” EPCSO Public Information Officer Jacqueline Kirby said. “The cause and manner of death will be released by the Coroner’s Office once they have enough information to make a determination.”

Authorities from multiple agencies responded to the house fire on Watson Boulevard near Venetucci Elementary School early the morning of Memorial Day. They could be seen sifting through debris in the damaged garage and bringing items out of the house throughout the morning.

“The Security Fire Department reached out to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division for assistance with this investigation,” Kirby said, adding the investigation continues.


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