PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities are searching for what caused a deadly fire that killed a woman and her three-year-old child in Pueblo.
It took firefighters about an hour to put out the flames in three apartments on Evans Avenue just west of Interstate 25.
Eight people were in the apartment where the mom and her child were killed.
“Unfortunately we did lose a three year old and mother perished in this fire. So it’s very unfortunate. Especially this time of year,” said Gary Micheli from the Pueblo Fire Department.
The fire killed 25-year-old Natasha Fiore and her son Elijah Pino.
Six others were able to get out safely as were the people in the other units.
A grandmother and a five-year-old were taken to the hospital.
The grandmother is in critical condition while the child was airlifted to a Colorado Springs hospital.
One firefighter was injured but not seriously.
The fire started just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Firefighters say flames were shooting out of the engulfed building when they arrived.
“It appears that it possibly started in the kitchen area. It’s a slow process, they’re actually letting the structure air out and monitor the air quality,” said Micheli.
Arson has been ruled out as a possible cause for the fire and investigators say they think it could be drug related.