One dead in New London house fire

Firefighters on the scene of a fire on Eastern Avenue (WTNH / Report-It / Trish Moe)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– One person has died after a fire broke out in a New London home on Wednesday morning.

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(WTNH/ Tina Detelj)

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.

fire house One dead in New London house fire
(WTNH/ Tina Detelj)

 

fire investigation One dead in New London house fire
(WTNH/ Tina Detelj)

The Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office has taken over the investigation into what may have caused the fire.

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Smoke from a fire on Eastern Avenue in New London could be seen across town. (WTNH)

 

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.

fire One dead in New London house fire
(WTNH/ Tina Detelj)

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.

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