(Courtesy: Francis Tatem)
GUNNISON, CO (WUSA)--On Saturday, January 30, 2010, at approximately 5 AM, a passerby reported a fire at a house on the 100 block of North Colorado Street in Gunnison.
According to the Police Department, two police officers helped 4 people escape the fire. When firefighters extinguished the blaze, two bodies were found in an upstairs bedroom.
One of the deceased was identified as Adam Lockard, 21, of Bethesda, MD; the other, Lucille Causley, 18, from Michigan. Both were students at Western State College of Colorado.
A spokesperson for the college told 9NEWS NOW that Lockard was scheduled to graduate this year with a degree in Psychology. The spokesperson said the college has 2200 students and that the campus was in shock over the deaths of Lockard and Causley.
According to the spokesperson, Lockard, who graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 2006, was a very popular student and a passionate outdoorsman, interested in skiing and mountain biking.
Lockard was the son of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High principal Karen Lockard.
The Gunnison Police say that Lockard lived in the house but that Causley did not. So far, police say, the investigation indicates that the fire started outside and extended to the interior of the house.
What has not yet been determined is whether the fire was intentionally set.