UPDATE: Death in apartment fire 'suspicious'

Posted at 4:59 AM, May 02, 2016

Denver fire and Denver police are investigating a suspicious death above a bagel shop early Monday morning.

The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. on 26th Avenue, off Welton Street.

"I was just sitting in bed just watching some movies and my house just lit up," said witness Jordan Grant.

Grant captured cell phone video that shows smoke coming from the top of the building.

When authorities arrived, they said they found one person dead in a closet on the second floor.

"It's just kind of weird, said Grant. "Not really too sure what's going on with that."

Denver Police Department homicide detectives and the Denver Fire Department's arson team are both investigating.

"They were packing up the bags so maybe they found something, maybe not," said Grant.

"No more info on the victim pending autopsy," fire officials tweeted.

The property manager told Denver7 there are two apartments above Rosenberg's Bagels and Delicatessen. 

Denver7 reporter Jennifer Kovaleski spoke with the store's director of operations who told her they are terrified and heartbroken about what happened.

The director said Rosenberg's has no fire damage, but is dealing with both smoke and water damage.

Fire crews said the fire appears to have started on the second floor.

There have been two robberies in this area in the last two weeks. Last Thursday, a coffee shop was robbed. On April 16, a person was robbed in the same neighborhood.


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