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Mother, son die in Loveland fire

6:24 PM, Jan 16, 2014   |    comments
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LOVELAND - Authorities say a 70-year-old woman and her 50-year-old son have died from smoke inhalation and burns they suffered when a mobile home caught fire in Loveland.

The Larimer County coroner on Thursday identified the woman as Hazel Piper and the man as Harvard Preston. Both deaths were ruled accidental.

The fire was reported Thursday just after midnight. Firefighters brought it under control in about 20 minutes.

"It was probably comforting that at 10 o'clock last night, his grand kids said they loved him and that they'd see him tomorrow. They gave him hugs and kisses. My husband said he loved his dad," Preston's daughter Crystal Rose said.

Rose says Thomas had been living with his mother for years. Recently he had been struggling with brain cancer.

"It wasn't his brain tumor that killed him; it was a fire in the trailer he lived in. His mom died with him," Rose said crying.

The family dog, Snow, along with four cats, were also found dead inside the home.

"When I heard that none of the other animals made it either, it kind of hurt," neighbor Curtis Fendel said.

"It's just a sad day in this nice little trailer park," he added.

Officials say the fire doesn't appear to be suspicious.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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