Woman dies in Pagosa Springs house explosion – CBS Denver
PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colorado (CBS4) – The body of an unidentified woman was removed from the burning structure of a house more than 15 hours after an apparent explosion blew up debris. A man, found injured outside the house by civilian witnesses minutes after the explosion, was transported by medical helicopter to a Denver hospital.
Deputies from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office reportedly heard the explosion at 7:12 p.m. Friday, Deputy Sheriff Derek Woodman said in a press release posted on Facebook. The deputies believed that the location of the incident was in the Aspen Village subdivision.
At the same time, 911 dispatchers began to receive calls reporting the explosion. One of them, ACSO’s Woodman said, was from a man who claimed to have been inside the house. This man indicated that he was one of two people inside at the time.
The first on-site deputy at 994 Cool Pines Drive found Fred Phillips, 72, of Shreveport, La., Outside the perimeter of the structure. Phillips suffered from severe burns and other trauma but was conscious and told the deputy that a woman had stayed at home.
Phillips was taken to Pagosa Mountain Hospital, but ultimately transported by Flight For Life to Denver. He was last known to be in critical condition.
Firefighters recovered the woman’s body shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday using a dead dog. She was removed from the house almost an hour later. The weakened state of the structure prevented authorities from immediately recovering his body safely, ACSO’s Woodman said.
“The structure’s debris field is very large and has had hot spots of active fire all night,” Woodman wrote. “The Pagosa Springs Fire District had crews on site all night. “
A Facebook press release from the Pagosa Fire Protection District said the woman was an adult.
The Archuleta County Coroner’s Office will announce the identity of the woman once notifications from the next of kin have been completed.
The house is located approximately two miles west of Pagosa Springs in unincorporated Archuleta County. The fire department said neighboring houses were initially threatened by the fire.
The cause of the explosion remains unknown. ACSO has asked the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to assist in this determination.