Colorado investigators say fire started in kitchen

Body of David Ryan discovered near front door of home

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.


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Posted by Hallie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:21 am

I wish I could turn back time and make this not happen to such a wonderful person. I am so very, very sorry. David will be missed by a lot of people.

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Posted by Better Safe than Sorry
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I wonder why Mr. Ryan was behind the front door, but did not open it and get out?
Some doors require a key from inside, but those are dangerous AND illegal on residential property. Exit locks should open from inside with a single motion.

Also, the article does not say whether the house was fire sprinklered. In Livermore, most houses built after about 1985 are sprinklered, and a stove fire would most likely be automatically extinguished with much less damage.
Livermore saves well over $3 Million EVERY YEAR, just in reduced Fire Department costs, due to fire sprinklers. Think how much that is per household in taxes. AND there are reduced deaths, injuries, and fire damage.
Pleasanton was considering a similar ordinance for new construction, what ever happened to that?

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Posted by Ruth
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Better Safe than Sorry, I don't like your tone in this. Maybe he was trying to get out and got to the door too late. Please don't make remarks, based on the few very facts that are available.

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Posted by Passing By
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm

It says, "When firefighters were able to knock down the fire enough to enter the home". Perhaps he couldn't get out of the door due to, uh, the fire!

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Posted by Pat Markle
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm

David coached our son, Ian, when he was 5 years old and it was one of his first team experiences. He is now a senior. I always saw him driving around town with the top down on his truck no matter what the weather. I will miss seeing him around town. If I saw him in public, he would always ask about Ian. That was really special to me. He never forgot one of his team players 13 years ago. He was very special. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

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