Victims identified in fatal Bristol fire

Bristol firefighters on the scene of a house fire on High Street that killed two people early Friday morning (WTNH / Joe Daddese)

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — The Bristol Fire Marshal’s office has identified the two people that died in a fire on the top floor of a mutli-family home early Friday morning.

The victims have been identified 66-year-old John Zaniewski and 45-year-old Michelle Curry. The Fire Marshal’s office said that both Zaniewski and Curry died from smoke inhalation.

At approximately 2:05 a.m. on Friday morning, officers from both the Bristol Police and Bristol Fire Departments responded to 29 High Street for a structure fire. The preliminary investigation revealed that two people had died inside the top floor apartment.

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Sharon Stanton was Zaniewski’s home care nurse. She showed up to the scene on Friday, and feared the worst.

“I was like ‘oh no, please don’t be John’s, be the vacant building’ and unfortunately it was John’s apartment.”

The scene remains under active investigation with Detectives from Bristol’s Criminal Investigation Division as well as the State Fire Marshal responding. They are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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