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Officials still working to investigate cause of deadly structure fire

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One adult male and one child were pronounced dead after a structure fire in Colorado Springs on Friday. (KOAA) One adult male and one child were pronounced dead after a structure fire in Colorado Springs on Friday. (KOAA)
COLORADO SPRINGS -

A man and child are dead and a toddler has been left in critical condition after a fire on Friday afternoon.

They were found during a duplex fire in Colorado Springs near El Paso and Cucharras Street.

Investigators from police and fire are still working to investigate what caused the blaze and the deaths.

Around 2 in the afternoon, neighbors saw smoke coming from a small duplex across the street, but when firefighters entered the unit filled with smoke, they found the lifeless body of an adult male and also found two little kids inside.

"I looked to my left where their unit is and a little boy was just on the ground and they were performing CPR on him and he was just lifeless," Bridgett Montano, a neighbor said.

Police say a six-year-old child died at a nearby hospital and a two-year-old was sent by Flight For Life to Denver for their injuries.

"It's just really sad because I used to see him playing outside, I used to talk to the neighbor, I'd go outside, smoke a cigarette, we'd talk about football, his team's the Cowboys my team's the Broncos," Montano said. "It's just sad, it's sad, there's really no words for it."

Montano saw it all play out, from her home next door to the duplex, right before she was also evacuated.

"I just don't even know what the mom... I can't imagine what she's gonna be going through," she said.

Police tell News5, at this point, they do not have a reason to believe any foul play was involved, but per protocol, this is still being treated as a crime scene.

"Any death in which a fire is involved, we would treat that as a crime scene until we know otherwise," Lt. Howard Black, a spokesman for the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

Right now, it's unclear how all three victims are related, but neighbors say their hearts go out to the family.

"I have a six-year-old and I couldn't imagine losing him so my heart's going to be praying for the neighbor," Montano said.

Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to call CSPD at 719-444-7000 immediately. 

You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).

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