Milford fire officials determine fatal car fire as accidental


MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Milford Fire officials have determined the cause of the fatal car fire from October 7.

Late Friday night, police and fire officials were called to a burning car at 1 Milford Point Road, near the Connecticut Audubon Society building. After putting out the fire, officials found 72-year-old Richard Weir.

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Fire investigators say the fatal car fire has been deemed accidental.

Officials say Weir drove his car off of the road and onto the boardwalk when the passenger side tires got stuck in the sand. That’s when parts of the exhaust system came in contact with the wood plants on the boardwalk, causing them to burn and eventually catch fire. The fire spread to the car and it became fully engulfed with Weir still inside.

The Milford Fire Marshal’s Office has closed this investigation.

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