Coroner Identifies 2 Killed In Home Explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. (CBS4)– The Weld County Coroner’s Office officially confirmed the names of those killed when home exploded in Firestone on Monday afternoon.

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On Monday night the two story home on Twilight Avenue collapsed and went up in flames. Mountain Range High School science teacher Erin Martinez and her husband Mark were inside along with two others, Mark’s brother-in-law Joseph William Irwin III and a child.

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Mark and Irwin were killed. At a vigil on Tuesday night, friends and family gathered to remember the victims.

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Drone4 flew over the rubble of the home after the explosion (credit: CBS)

“Family guy… awesome, awesome guy. He would give the shirt off his back to someone, I mean one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known,” said Mark’s friend Robert Espindola.

Erin was badly burned and a construction crew working nearby used their forklift to pull the rubble off Erin so she could be rescued. Erin remained in the hospital on Thursday. The child is expected to recover.

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Mark and Erin Martinez (credit: CBS)

Investigators continue to work to determine exactly what caused the blast. The family was installing a hot water heater at the time of the explosion.

“She was completely pinned with the top half of her body hanging upside down. Her legs were pinned under some heavy debris,” said Ben Chapman, who helped pull Erin out from under the rubble.

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Erin Martinez (credit: CBS)

The Martinez family has set up a GoFundMe page.

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