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Man killed in West Haven apartment fire

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One person was killed in a West Haven apartment fire Monday morning. (WFSB photo) One person was killed in a West Haven apartment fire Monday morning. (WFSB photo)
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A man was killed in an apartment fire in West Haven on Monday morning.

The West Haven Fire Department said they were called to a unit on Bull Hill Lane around 4:30 a.m. on Monday.

The fire was said to have been on the ground floor and contained to one apartment.

It was knocked down relatively quickly.

"No fire showing, our guys did a search of the building, they found an apartment fire, extinguished the apartment and then soon after the fire was extinguished, almost immediately after they found the victim, they dragged him out," said West Shore Fire District Chief Steve Scafariello.

The victim was found in a bedroom and was transported to an area hospital. He was the only person in the apartment at the time.

The man's identity has not been released.

Fire officials said at least 125 people live in the building. No one was displaced.

"The people did a great job of evacuating and the fire protection systems installed in the building worked as they were supposed to and it kept the fire contained to one apartment," Scafariello said.

The fire alarms in the building were said to have been functioning.

Early Monday morning, West Haven's mayor was on scene as well, talking with emergency officials and the management company.

The condo complex is made up of 150 units.

While investigators look into what sparked the fire, the property manager says they've recently been working with the city on fire prevention safety.

"The West Haven Fire Department has donated about 90 smoke detectors and we have been going every three weeks, knocking on people's doors, the fire department checking each and every smoke detector, making sure all the fire doors close and all the unit doors close.  I think our efforts paid off in saving other lives,” said Nicole Clark, of Orange Landing.

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