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Grand Jury reviewing investigation into Arvada fire

May fire at group home killed three

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A Jefferson County grand jury is reviewing a May fire in Arvada that killed three people.

Pam Russell, a spokesperson for the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, confirmed Thursday that the investigation is being presented to a grand jury, but declined to speak further about the case.

The fire happened early May 14 at 6152 Robb St., which was operated by Parker Personal Care Homes as a host home for developmentally disabled individuals.

A 39-year-old disabled woman, a young mother and her 4-year-old daughter died of smoke inhalation, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s report. The mother had burns to her airways and lungs.

Details about the fire, including any potential causes, have yet to be released by fire investigators or DA's office.

In Jefferson County, grand juries can be used to investigate, and charge criminal violations. According to the county's website, Jeffco grand juries are comprised of 12 citizens, just like a trial jury. They are selected at random from voter registration rolls and Department of Motor Vehicles list of registered drivers.

Also according to the county website, a grand jury has the ability to obtain records not generally available to prosecutors in other investigations, and can also require reluctant witnesses to testify before the group.

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