Loveland Fire Rescue Authority investigators have completed work to determine cause and origin of a residential fire that resulted in the death of Loveland resident Tom Barminski, 66.
Fire patterns, witness statements, and information collected at the scene indicate that the fire originated in the kitchen area of the home at 809 S. Del Norte Ave.
The fire had progressed significantly by the time it was noticed and reported to 911 by a neighbor.
While the specific cause of the fire is undetermined, investigators found that the resident was using the kitchen oven, with the door partially open, to heat the home because the home’s furnace was not functioning.
No functioning smoke alarms were present in the home.
The Larimer County Coroner’s Office found that Barminski’s death was accidental, resulting from smoke inhalation and burn injuries.
The incident serves as a reminder that all residents should ensure that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes are working.
The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority can provide free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to Loveland residents who are unable to purchase these important life-safety devices.
Smoke alarm units should be replaced about every 10 years. The sensors weaken over time, even if they are hard-wired and/or have fresh batteries.