LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – The coroner in Larimer County is expected to perform autopsies on the bodies of two people who were found dead in a home in a Loveland trailer park that caught fire on Thursday.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Authorities responded to the fire at 12:03 a.m. They entered trailer No. 30 at 1212 Butte Road and found a man and a woman dead, along with “several dead domestic animals.”

An image from the scene (credit: Lauren DiSpirito)

An image from the scene (credit: Lauren DiSpirito)

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case and the fire along with the Loveland Fire Department. There are no indications of anything suspicious but investigators haven’t ruled anything out yet.

“It was just a lot of smoke, but I didn’t see flames or anything,” neighbor Pat Bean said.

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office has identified the victims as Hazel Piper, 70, and Harvard Preston Piper, 50. Their deaths have been ruled accidental. A neighbor told CBS4 they are mother and son.

“I was horrified, I couldn’t, it was hard to believe,” neighbor Patricia Loftus said. “It’s just sad because she was a wonderful neighbor … he was so kind and helpful, so thoughtful, he did everything he could to help me with my work.”

Officials aren’t saying how much damage the fire did to the home, but said with the homes so close together in park it’s fortunate no other home caught on fire.

Additional Resources

Officials with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office released the following information about this case:

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.


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