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Fire chief: Deadly Meriden fire appears to be cooking-related

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A woman was killed in a house fire on Pettit Drive in Meriden. (WFSB photo) A woman was killed in a house fire on Pettit Drive in Meriden. (WFSB photo)
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MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

A woman died in an early morning house fire in Meriden, according to fire officials.

They said she and a man were taken to Midstate Medical Center after the fire broke out on Pettit Drive shortly after 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Officials said the female died after being transported to the hospital. 

They also said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

Meriden's fire chief Ken Morgan said the cause of the fire appeared to be cooking-related. He said the stove may have been left on.

Morgan said this case, as with most deaths, struck an emotional chord. He said this was a case where loss of life could have been prevented.

"This has been a tough morning," Morgan said. "Meriden lost a citizen today and it's tough for us to take."

Morgan said it is so tough to take because it's the department's job to save people. Still, he said firefighters have to forge on despite the circumstances.

"It becomes an autonomous thing," he said. "We got reports that there was potentially a victim in the building and the overdrive kicks in and the adrenaline is there. You get focused on what you're doing."

Morgan said it's not until everything settles down that it hits them.

Pettit Drive remained close for the investigation.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that they heard what sounded like explosions early Friday morning.

"We got up and then I started hearing the crackling and a big boom," said Debbie Leaverton, an eyewitness.

Investigators said they are still looking into the case.

"We'll be investigating in conjunction with Meriden police, probably for most of the day," Morgan said. 

The male victim continues to recover at the hospital. His condition was not released.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Eyewitness News will have more on this story throughout the day, including a report at 5 p.m.

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