West Haven man’s death in Collis Street fire ruled accidental

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The office of the chief state medical examiner identified the man who died in a house fire on Collis Street in West Haven.

Frederick Hart, 88, died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. The office of the chief state medical examiner ruled his death accidental.

As soon as friends and family heard the address, they feared the worst.

The 911 call came in around 4 a.m. Monday on Collis Street, and within minutes, there was not much left of the small single-family house, which is right across the street from the West Haven Public Works garage.

Workers there remember seeing the victim out walking his dog every day. They said the dog never left Hart’s side. The dog was found in a neighbor’s yard during the fire.

Hart’s nephew said that a friend had been in the house at around 10 p.m. Sunday night, watching a movie with Hart. Friends and family said Hart also had a habit of falling asleep while smoking a cigarette.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The video below is from previous reporting.

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