Three dead in West Haven fire

(WTNH / Kent Pierce)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire investigators in West Haven trying to figure out what started a blaze that has taken the lives of a couple and their adult child.

Firefighters rushed to the Mallard Brook condominium complex on Coleman Street at about four o’clock Tuesday morning.

Just yesterday two family members in Fairfield lost their lives due to no smoke detectors. The question still unanswered is did these three family die because of no working smoke detectors.

For over 12 hours investigators have been trying to figure out what went horribly wrong there.

The smell of smoke from a first floor condominium had neighbors at Mallard Brook Crossing calling 911. Kimberley Mathis got a knock on the door then later, the tragic news.

“I’m just devastated it hasn’t kicked in yet that a whole family is gone. They have a daughter still remaining and I unfortunately had to make that call to her about her parents,” said Mathis.

There are many stories circulating about the family. Some say they were smokers, some say the couple had mobility problems.  West Haven fire chief Jim O’Brien says he’s heard the same stories, but nothing concrete.

What they did find, when they first made their way in, a body of a woman who didn’t make it out.

“We do have a dog, which managed to wake me up to see what’s going on,” said Evelisa Stokes, neighbor.

Chief O’Brien says they’re still trying to confirm if smoke detectors were working.  Either way it’s a wake up call to check your smoke detectors.

“I’m definitely gonna do that now because like I told my family, it makes you think,” said Stokes.

It’s the second fatal fire in two days in Connecticut. On Monday, a mother and daughter were killed in a fire in Fairfield.

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