Victims identified in double fatal fire that destroyed Plainfield home


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — An elderly man and his grandson are dead after being trapped inside their home during a fire Tuesday night.

Police say crews responded to a home at 885 Norwich Road around 10 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a heavily involved residential fire.

The victims have been identified as William Garriepy, 83, and Lucas Pearson, 9, Garriepy’s grandson. Both of whom resided at the residence.

The homeowner, Elaine Garriepy, William’s wife, was outside when crews arrived and was transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Elaine told neighbors the house was on fire and when they looked out it was totally engulfed in flames, her husband and grandson inside.

Firefighters were not able to get into the home safely because of the flames, but later they did find two people who perished in the fire.

The home is owned by William and Elaine Garriepy.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Fire officials say don’t know if the home had smoke detectors, but they believe the fire began on the first floor.

Neighbor Lisa Gadue said, “We’ve watched the little boy grow up. We’ve seen him on his tractor.
On the tractor with his grandfather. It just breaks our hearts and you know that tragedy can come so close to home and our prayers and condolences go out to the family.”

“She showed us her hand, and her hand was all burned,” Gadue said of Elaine on Tuesday night.

The Gadue’s have lived across the street for more than 20 years and they say these folks were not only good neighbors, they were great neighbors. One time the Garriepys came over to help them clear their driveway of snow when they hadn’t even finished their own. Another time, they helped Lisa when her car broke down.

Plainfield School Officials have been notified of the deceased child and they are implementing their support system.

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