85-year-old man, dog die in Clinton house fire - WFSB 3 Connecticut

85-year-old man, dog die in Clinton house fire

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An 85-year-old man and his dog died in a house fire in Clinton early Sunday morning (WFSB) An 85-year-old man and his dog died in a house fire in Clinton early Sunday morning (WFSB)
One man has died after a fire broke out at a home in Clinton on Sunday morning. (WFSB) One man has died after a fire broke out at a home in Clinton on Sunday morning. (WFSB)
CLINTON, CT (WFSB) -

An 85-year-old man is dead after a fire broke out at his home in Clinton on Sunday morning.

Firefighters from several departments battled the a fire at the home on Spruce Street in the Evergreen Springs mobile home park in Clinton.

Crews were called to the home around 8 a.m. Sunday after receiving emergency calls reporting flames coming from the building. The home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

Officials said once they were inside, they found Robert Silby unconscious on the floor inside the home. His dog also died in the fire.

"It's sad that someone was in there. A life was taken for a fire," said neighbor Jennifer Denyscenko. "It's unsettling when you live in here because when I heard it was going on I'm checking everything in my house,  making sure everything is good."

Mutual aid from several departments including Madison and Old Saybrook were called in to assist the Clinton Fire Department with fighting the blaze.

Silby was removed from the home and crews tried to resuscitate him. He was transported to the Shoreline Clinic in Westbrook where he was pronounced dead.

In addition, arson investigators and the Clinton Police Department were also at the scene.

Officials said that due to the fire, the back door was the only viable path to try to escape from the house.

There have been a few fires at the mobile home park in the past, including a deadly fire in 1991 that killed three people.

It is unclear what caused the fire.

Mobile users can see more photos from the scene here.

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