UPDATE: Girl killed in house fire identified

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- UPDATE: Monday the Mesa County Coroner identified the child who died in the fire as 20-month-old Aurora Coatney, of Grand Junction.

Photo: David Jones

The coroner’s office said more testing needs to be done before they can release the cause and manner of death.

Nothing suspicious has been found so far in the coroner’s investigation.

Original story: A house fire on Hill Avenue Saturday night left one toddler dead and sent two people to the hospital.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s office, deputies and fire crews were called to a house in the 3050 block of Hill Avenue at 11:32 p.m. Saturday for reports of fire and explosions coming from the garage of the house.

Some people had evacuated before first responders got to the house, and one person was rescued from the flames by neighbors and deputies, according to the sheriff’s office. A toddler was missing and the garage was fully engulfed in flames as crews arrived.

The toddler was later found dead in the home and two people were taken to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The American Red Cross is helping the family, while the Grand Junction Fire Department and Clifton Fire investigate the cause of the blaze. The coroner will determine the cause and manner of death of the toddler.


Photo: David Jones