BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH)– Bristol fire investigators worked late into the night trying to figure out how two people died in the top floor of a multi-family home at 29 High Street.
Flames started to lick at the windows just after 2 a.m., that’s when the 911 call came in. Because of the early morning hour, firefighters believed there were people trapped inside. Chief Mark Martin says the crews battled the fire, the heat, and the black smoke to get inside and try to find the missing people.
“Engine One attacked from the outside first with a 2.5-inch line, then went inside and started making their way up to the second floor where the main body of the fire was, and they were doing interior search at the same time.”
Right now, there are two sides to the investigation. First, the State Fire Marshals Office and detectives are inside trying to figure out how the fire started. Second, there is another team trying to identify the people found, and then notify next of kin. Meanwhile, Sharon Stanton showed up at the burned out building to check on her client, John.
“I was like ‘oh no, please don’t be John’s, be the vacant building’ and unfortunately it was John’s apartment.”
Stanton says John lived on the second floor. He was in his sixties and needed help. She was his home-care companion and took care of him every Friday.
“I would drive him over to the Salvation Army and we would have lunch over there,” said Stanton. “He was a wonderful man, wonderful man, very gentle.”
Stanton says John lived alone in his apartment.