DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters on Tuesday evening discovered a body in a home that was destroyed by fire near Sedalia.
Family members said Henry Schendera, 66, lives in the home. Authorities won’t be able to confirm the identity of the body until an autopsy is performed. Schendera’s vehicle was still outside the home.
A neighbor reported the fire on Highway 67 near Sedalia before 5 a.m. In addition to fighting the fire crews had to make sure it didn’t spread to nearby trees. Fire officials in Douglas County and sheriffs’ deputies had to block off roads a few miles outside of the home.
The fire was too dangerous to enter all day but crews begin combing the remains of the home late afternoon when the body was discovered.
Five fire departments assisted in fighting the fire, including crews from South Metro, West Douglas and Jackson 105. They were able to knock it down before it spread to neighboring homes.
A neighbor smelled smoke and went over and checked it out and called it in. When crews got on scene the structure was fully involved. They had been in defensive mode from the very beginning.
A small wildfire started about 25 feet from the home but was quickly extinguished.