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1 person dead after Seymour fire

Photo courtesy of Konnie Rychalsky Photo courtesy of Konnie Rychalsky
Photo courtesy of Konnie Rychalsky Photo courtesy of Konnie Rychalsky

A fire in Seymour turned deadly after firefighters found a body inside the home after the fire was extinguished Wednesday morning.

Now investigators are trying to determine who the person is at the home on Davis Street and what caused the blaze.

The first firefighters, including the fire marshal who lives nearby, say the entire garage was engulfed in flames.

"It was totally engulfed," said neighbor Jim Bower. "The flames were shooting 3 to 4 feet high."

Officials said the fire that was reported at about 1:30 a.m. possibly started in the garage.

"We saw the flames shooting up out of the garage," said neighbor Sharon Fournier.

After the fire was knocked and firefighters were going through the debris, they said they discovered a person's body severely burned in the garage.

"It was between the car and the porch," said the fire marshal, Paul Wetowitz. "And we need firm evidence to confirm ID and that will be dental records or DNA."

Neighbors said the owner of the home is a woman in her mid-50s who lived by herself, but were unsure if she was home at the time of the fire.

Investigators told Eyewitness News they have talked to that woman's family, but would not say whether they've been able to track down the woman.

Eyewitness News tried to talk to a person, who knew the homeowner, but she was too upset to talk.

Neighbors said they are worried the remains are their neighbor.

"I was afraid for her life because she never goes anywhere without the car and never has any visitors," Bower said.

There was a state police dog with the arson investigators who apparently did not track any scent of accelerant on the remains.

Investigators said they are primarily focusing on the car and the garage area as they search for the source of the fire.

Emergency crews from Oxford assisted Seymour firefighters with getting the blaze under control.

An autopsy on the body is scheduled for Thursday.

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