DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — A man was killed in a house fire in Derby early Wednesday morning.
Fire crews were notified of a structure fire in a single-story home on Pleasant View Road at around 12:20 a.m. Derby Fire Department Commissioner Gary Parker said a neighbor across the street saw the fire from his home and dialed 911.
“I ran over and I broke the side door to try to get in,” Larry King said.
King said the smoke was too heavy for him to enter.
“When I came out, the fire was actually coming out from the window, and coming out pretty good,” he said. “It was a big fire.”
Tragically, the homeowner did not survive. Fire officials said the man was in his early 50s and the only person who lived in the house. His name has not yet been released.
“Upon entry, the members found the victim inside the front door and was able to extract the body out,” Parker said.
After knocking down the blaze, investigators sifted through the rubble for hours, looking for clues to determine what started the fire. No word yet on what caused it.
The home is not a total loss, but there is extensive damage to the roof and front of the home.
The video below is from a morning newscast on Nov. 10, 2021.