Five people found dead inside a torched Denver bar were killed before the building was set on fire, officials said Wednesday.
Denver police Det. John White confirmed the deaths of four women and one man at Fero's Bar & Grill. “It appears there was some trauma to the bodies – it also appears to be arson,” White told reporters at a morning briefing, the Denver Post reported.
Police and fire officials said they are investigating the incident as an arson-homicide, the Denver Post reported.
Denver Police Cmdr. Ron Saunier said detectives believe the victims were killed before the fire started and the blaze was set to mask the homicide, 9news.com reported.
"It's going to be a long, drawn-out investigation at this point," Saunier said, according to the Post.
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