Victim in Montrose house fire dies

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - An elderly Montrose man injured in a house fire over the weekend has died in a Denver hospital.

Eighty-seven-year-old Richard Swyhart was flown to the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver after he was injured in a house fire in his Montrose home Sunday afternoon. According to the Montrose County Coroner, Dr. Thomas Canfield, Swyhart died there early Monday morning. His death has been ruled an accident.

Swyhart was badly burned in a fire when authorities say he was smoking and using oxygen at the same time at his house at 807 South 11th Street in Montrose.

His brother, Oliver, came home to find smoke coming from the home and was able to pull his brother from the blaze.

The house is considered a total loss at more than $400,000.

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