1 dead in early morning Meriden fire

(WTNH / Kevin Pflaumer)

(WTNH / Kevin Pflaumer)
(WTNH / Kevin Pflaumer)


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Meriden firefighters are investigating what may have caused a fire early Friday morning that killed a woman and, and injured her husband.

It was about 3:30 this morning when the call came in that this small house on a quiet Meriden street was on fire. There were two people inside – a husband and wife. The husband made it out safely, the wife did not.

As the flames gutted 86 Petit Drive, neighbors woke to hear the husband outside, screaming his wife’s name, trying to find a way to rescue her.

“He couldn’t get to her and I yelled at him not to go back inside and told him to come back around to the front,” said neighbor Debbie Leaverton. “I started banging on the windows.”

She did not hear any signs of life inside the house however. What neighbors did hear was a frightening explosion.

“There’s a propane grill on the back deck that became involved very quickly in the fire,” explained Meriden Fire Marshal Steve Trella. “That would account for the noise that the neighbors heard as far as the explosion.”

Firefighters eventually found the wife inside the house. Both victimes were transported to a local hospital. The Meriden Fire Marshal confirmed to News 8 that the woman was pronounced dead on arrival.

The house is complete loss, and folks in Meriden have lost a neighbor who they say made things a little nicer.

“They were both very musical. She used to sing,” Levaerton said. “She had a beautiful voice. In fact in the summertime, you could hear her singing.”

The identities of the husband and wife are not being released until their families are notified. The Meriden Fire Marshal is investigating what started the fire.

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