Colorado fire officials discovered a second fatality Tuesday while fighting a blaze in the mountains southwest of Denver.
The body of Sam Lamar Lucas, 77, was found inside a burned home Tuesday, according to a statement by Jefferson County Coroner John M. Graham. The body of Lucas' wife, Linda M. Lucas, 76, was found outside the home Monday evening.
It is not yet clear whether or how their deaths were related to the fire. They are being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, an inquiry that could take weeks, according to the coroner's statement.
The Lower North Fork fire, which started about five acres, had grown to 4,500 acres by late Tuesday, officials said, burning at least 16 structures.