Body found in Greenwich house fire a suicide - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Body found in Greenwich house fire a suicide


The state medical examiner said a man whose body was found in a Greenwich house that was filled with hoarded items and intentionally set on fire fatally shot himself. 

Fire officials said a resident on Havermeyer Lane called 911 to report a home in the area was on fire Tuesday morning.

When fire officials arrived, they said a home was on fire and thick, black smoke was seen coming from inside.

Barbara Verboven, 69, was found in a smoke-filled, first-floor bedroom, lying in bed under the covers, fire officials said. She suffered external burns and smoke inhalation injuries and is in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital.

Dean Verboven, 42, was found in the same bedroom as his mother and had a self-inflicted head injury, fire officials said. He was taken to Stamford Hospital where he was pronounced dead, fire officials said.

A handgun that Dean Verboven owned was recovered by police.

The chief medical examiner's office determined that Dean Verboven died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Greenwich fire officials ruled the cause of the fire to be "incendiary" and said it was arson.

The home was cluttered with items, which hindered firefighters.

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