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Man found dead inside burned Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District building

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jan 17, 2019

ROCKY FORD – A man’s body was found as firefighters went through the remains of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District building that caught fire in Rocky Ford Wednesday night.

Rocky Ford Police Department has confirmed with News5 the fire started between 7 to 7:30 last night.  As of 2:30 p.m., there’s no further information on the man’s identity or if he worked in the building.

The fire is considered to be suspicious and it’s currently being investigated by the Rocky Ford PD, CBI and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Arson Division.

A huge plume of smoke was visible in the night sky with people as far away as La Junta calling in reports of the fire. Even though there was heavy smoke, officials say the fire damage was minimal. There is considerable smoke damage to the building.

The victim’s name has not been released and won’t be until contact is made with their family.

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District formed by voters in the November 2002 election serves Pueblo, Crowley, Otero, Bent and Prowers counties with a board of directors who manage the water resources for the Lower Arkansas River.