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So many of us were shocked and saddened by the home explosion on April 17th that took the lives of Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin, and critically injured Erin Martinez. In an effort to keep residents informed about the latest developments, The Town has created this page where we will publish announcements and resources as information becomes available. In addition, updates will be posted on the Firestone Colorado Facebook page.

Latest Information

Statement from Town of Firestone on Governor’s Directive
We applaud the steps taken by the Governor in his directive to operators, and we are hopeful this directive and the awareness of this issue helps ensure no community ever experiences a similar tragedy. We encourage the operators to move promptly to carry out the steps in the directive.

Together we will continue to heal as a community. The Town of Firestone is closely reviewing our Town’s municipal codes and policies and, certainly going forward we’ll be having more dialogues about the role local jurisdictions can play, as compared with state regulators and operators. We will work to ensure any and all changes we can make within our authority at the local level are made.

Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Releases Results of Investigation
The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District, through a joint effort with the Firestone Police Department and with the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, has completed their investigation into the origin and cause of the April 17, 2017, home explosion and subsequent fire at 6312 Twilight Avenue in Firestone. The incident resulted in two fatalities and one person being critically injured. Read more

Statement from the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District

We have and continue to proactively take every precaution to ensure the safety of the residents in surrounding homes. Due to the measures taken to date, we are confident that no hazards have gone beyond the investigation site. Read More

Joint Statement From the Town of Firestone and the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District
In response to the news release issued by Anadarko Petroleum regarding the April 17 fire in Firestone, The Town of Firestone and the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District (FFFPD) issued the following statement. Read more

Message from Mayor Paul Sorensen

Firestone officials and staff are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that claimed the lives of two of our friends and neighbors on April 17th. Our hearts are heavy with grief over the deaths of Mark Martinez, our Public Works Foreman and his brother-in-law, Joseph Irwin. Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

What caused the home explosion?
The cause of the explosion was unrefined, non-odorized gas that entered the home from an abandoned gas flow line that had not been disconnected from an oil and gas well head and capped.

How do I know that my home is safe?
Our resident’s safety is our top priority, and we understand the concern this tragedy has caused the Firestone community. We have been working diligently to ensure the safety of neighbors through extensive monitoring and testing of both air and soil in the neighborhood. These tests have concluded that there is no additional contamination in the area.

Is there anything I can do to monitor my home for an odorless gas leak?
There are devices available that can detect both gas and CO2. Example

What are the next steps in the investigation?
Now that the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District has completed its investigation into the origin and cause of this incident, the Firestone Police Department will move forward with the next steps of its investigation, which when completed will be turned over to the Weld County District Attorney.


For questions and press inquiries please contact Jennifer Weinberger at 303-506-3361 or