Dead man, dog found in burned Englewood home; cause of fire listed 'undetermined'

Officials investigating cause of fire

Posted 5/22/18

A person and dog were found dead in a house after a fire that officials responded to in the first moments of May 22. Denver Fire Department officials responded to a call around 12:01 a.m. to the 3100 …

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Dead man, dog found in burned Englewood home; cause of fire listed 'undetermined'

Officials investigating cause of fire

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This story has been updated with new information.

A man and dog were found dead in a house after a fire that officials responded to in the first moments of May 22.

Denver Fire Department officials responded to a call around 12:01 a.m. to a residence in Englewood near East Dartmouth Avenue, a news release said. The call, from a person who was not inside the house, reported smoke coming from the home at 3100 S. Grant St.

The man, Blair Chapin, was 36, according to the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office. As of May 30, it was not known for sure if the fire was the cause of his death, said Shannon Sanamo, senior medical investigator for the office. A toxicology report was pending, she said.

Denver Fire's arson investigators and the Englewood Police Department were investigating the scene the morning of May 22, the release said. As of about 11:30 a.m., investigators were beginning to process the scene to determine the fire's cause, said Scot Allen, spokesman for Englewood police.

As of June 14, Denver Fire Department officials said they were unable to definitively determine a cause of the fire, according to Allen and Greg Pixley, spokesman for Denver Fire.

"It’s not rare for us to have a fire that is undetermined," Pixley said. "I don’t know the specifcs (of this fire), but the more complex it is and the more little variables in there, the harder it is for them to determine." 

The coroner's office said June 14 that the cause of death for Chapin is still pending and that it takes about eight to 10 weeks to determine.

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