Firestone, CO House Explosion: 2 Dead, 2 Injured

Firestone, CO House Explosion: 2 Dead, 2 Injured

An April 17 house explosion in Firestone, CO killed two people and injured two others. One of the survivors suffered severe burns and was airlifted to a hospital, the other was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Friends told local media that Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law Joey Irwin may have been trying to fix a hot water heater when the explosion occurred killing them both. Erin Martinez, a science and physics teacher at Mountain Range High School, was airlifted to a trauma center. A child, whose identity was not released, was transported to an area hospital. One of the Martinez’s two children was outside at the time of the explosion, according to witnesses.

A massive fire followed the explosion, which occurred around 4:30 p.m. leveling the recently built home on Twilight Avenue.  A witness told CBS 4 that construction workers, who were working in the area, used a forklift to lift a portion of the collapsed house and pulled Erin Martinez out. Although she was badly injured,  she was asking about the safety of her children, the witness said.

GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family. The New Image Salon in Frederick is collecting donations for the family including clothing, toiletries and household items.