New London Fire Chief Henry Kydd told News 8 that the fire began around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Kydd said that a man across the street thought he saw fog, but when he got closer he realized it was smoke, and called for help.
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The Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office has taken over the investigation into what may have caused the fire.
The person that was pulled from the building, a man, has not yet been identified. Firefighters say he was found on the first floor of the home near the back. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Most of the damage to the home is on the first and second floor. Fire Marshal’s are going through the extensive damage to determine the cause.
Firefighters met with a couple that was living in a trailer at the back of the property, and they said that they knew someone was inside the vacated home. A New London blight officer will be keeping an eye on the vacated buildings in the city to hopefully prevent another fire like this one from happening again.