MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – One man died in a house fire on Pine Street in Middletown on Thursday, police said.

Middletown Fire Department responded to the blaze just before 4:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found heavy flames erupting from the first floor of the building, which spread to the second floor and attic.

Two people were trapped inside while the blaze erupted, according to Middletown’s Fire Chief Jay Woron. The first victim of the fire was able to escape out of the front of the building.

The fire chief confirmed that the second victim, 63-year-old Carl Rankins, died in the fire. EMS attempted to resuscitate Rankins when they located him unresponsive on the first floor, but they were unsuccessful, the chief said.

While the Pine Street home is nearly adjacent to Wesleyan University’s campus, the chief did state that those involved in the fire are not Wesleyan students.

This case is currently under investigation by the MFD, Middletown police, and the Connecticut State Police Fire Marshals. Police said there does not appear to be any criminal intent.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is urged to contact Sgt. Daniel Smith of the MPD at (860) 638-4131.

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