Deadly New Britain fire ruled accidental

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire officials have determined what caused a house fire in New Britain on Saturday, killing one man.

The New Britain Fire Marshall’s office says that the house fire at 50 Schultz Street was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. Officials have ruled the fire as accidental.

The fire occurred just after 7:00 Friday night. Firefighters were able to control the blaze in about ten minutes, but 56-year-old Michael P. Tocoinis, who lives at the Schultz Street home, was found dead on the front porch.

Autopsy results for Tocoinis are still pending.

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