Fire officials identify woman killed March 24 in Aurora house fire


AURORA | Investigators with Aurora Fire Rescue are still looking into what precipitated a fire that killed one person in a home in the city’s Meadowood neighborhood last week.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office has identified the person killed as Melinda Garrison, 69.

Firefighters responded to a home at 16160 E. Flora Place shortly after 10:30 p.m. March 24 after receiving reports of a blaze in the area, according to Aurora Fire Rescue.

First responders extricated Garrison and several animals from the home near the corner of East Dartmouth Avenue and South Laredo Street, officials said.

Garrison died at a local hospital shortly thereafter.

The exact cause and manner of death will not be determined for about two months, according to a spokesperson for the coroner’s office.

No firefighters were injured in the blaze.

Fire workers also extricated four dogs and two cats from the torched home, according to Sherri-Jo Stowell, spokeswoman for Aurora Fire.

Another dog and an additional cat believed to be associated with the home were not found.