Fire investigators believe the fire that killed Pleasanton resident David Patrick Ryan early Friday began in the kitchen, it was announced late Monday.
According to the Louisville (Colo.) Fire Protection District, spokesman Shawn Stark said investigators think the fire may have started from a gas range. The cause of the house fire will be ruled accidental. No evidence of arson was found at the scene of the fire, which took firefighters 45 minutes to get under control.
It's not clear when the fire began. Ryan, 49, arrived at the home at 786 Country Club Circle in Louisville, which is 7 miles from Boulder, at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to neighbors, who said he picked up a key to the home from them. That was the last time anyone saw him.
Police patrolling the neighborhood north of the home noticed smoke and fire just before 2 a.m. and alerted the fire protection district, according to the Louisville fire distrcit authorities. When firefighters were able to knock down the fire enough to enter the home, they found Ryan's body on the floor behind the front door.
The investigation was led by Louisville Fire Protection District officials with assistance from the Multi-Agency Fire Investigation Team (MAFIT), composed of fire and police investigators from several agencies in Boulder County: Rocky Mountain Fire Authority, Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, Longmont Fire Department, Mountain View Fire Protection District and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.