Man killed in Bethel house fire

(WTNH/ Kevin Pflaumer)

BETHEL, Conn. (WTNH)– Investigators spent much of Thursday inside the charred remains of a home on Castle Hill Drive in Bethel, taking pictures and sifting through the debris.

Firefighters were called to the home around 1 a.m. Thursday after a neighbor called 911 after smelling smoke. Once on scene it took crews roughly 10 minutes to put out the flames.

“At that time we also searched the structure and came upon a body inside,” said Tom Galliford, fire marshall.

The body was found in one of the bedrooms. Officials are still working to identify the person but say he was the only person in the house at the time.

Antonio Rosario lives right up the street from where the fire broke out. He, and other neighbors, tell News 8 that the man who lived in the house was middle-aged and kept to himself. “Just coming down here to see this is very shocking,” said Rosario.

Rosario also adds a fire broke out inside the home just a few months ago.

“Yeah, there was a small fire here in April of this year, said Galliford.

Thursday morning’s fire and the one back in April are both currently under investigation.

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