Officials say that a man has died in a house fire in Bristol on Thursday morning.
Fire crews were dispatched to a multi-family home in the area of King Street in the early morning hours.
Officials have confirmed that a man who lived in that home was killed in the fire. Another person was also injured but the extent of their injuries is unclear.
The man’s grandchildren, Alexis Jalbert and her two sisters, rushed to scene when they saw the fire on TV. “I saw 4th Street, there was a fire on Fourth Street and there was a man dead and I was kind of like ‘my grandfather lives on 4th Street’,” said Jalbert.
Four people were in the two family home when the fire broke out on the first floor in one of the back bedrooms. Jalbert said her grandfather Tom Ludwig was in his bedroom when it went up in flames. Jalbert said, “It doesn’t seem real right now. So that’s how we’re probably getting through it.”
4th Street near King Street has been closed for the investigation.
Detectives from the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit are assisting the Bristol Fire Department with the investigation.
The fire marshal says the first floor had no smoke alarms. They were only on the second floor. Bristol fire marshal Robert Grimaldi said, “The second floor tenants for the alarms and got out to the back balcony and they were rescued by using a ladder.”
One of the roommates downstairs tried to help Ludwig get out. Grimaldi said, “He just couldn’t get him out because of the smoke and the fire in the heat.”
The fire marshal said he can’t stress enough the importance of smoke detectors. “It gives people early warning. Fires grow exponentially. People are amazed at how fast they grow. So if everyone could do themselves a favor and put up smoke alarms in their homes,” Grimaldi said.
Jalbert said her grandfather was retiring and looking forward to spending more time with his family. Jalbert added, “I’m hurt because he’s my grandpa, we were close. He would’ve done anything for anybody so it’s not really fair.”
There is no word on the cause of the fire at this time.