Five people, including two children, were killed in a house fire early in the morning, and Denver police and fire officials said it appeared to be a deliberate fire.
The Denver Fire Department said the fire was reported at around 2:40 a.m. local time. The police department said that the responding officers tried to get people out of the house, but the intense heat pushed them back.
Three people survived the fire by jumping off the second floor of a suburban home, according to a Denver Fire Department spokesman. It is not believed that they were seriously injured.
A child, a child and three adults were killed, according to the fire department. Fire officials said at a press conference that they were all found on the first floor.
“We have evidence through some evidence that it was an intentional fire,” said Joe Montoya, chief of investigations for the Denver Police Department.
He did not provide further information about the evidence.
Montoya said the fire “will be investigated … as a murder investigation.