A man is dead after a house fire in Killingworth on Thursday night, state police said.
Firefighters were called to a fire at 33 Bridlepath Trl. around 9:45 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters "found heavy fire to the front of the building and upon conducting firefighting efforts."
"You could smell that something wasn't normal, it wasn't a fireplace," said Rob Young, an eyewitness.
Once inside the building, firefighters said they found the body of a man. His name has not yet been released. The man's body has been taken to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner to determine cause and manner of death.
The home was taped off and extensive damage can be viewed.
One neighbor told Channel 3 that he came home from work on Friday morning and realized what happened.
“Too close," said Mark White of Killingworth. "I mean, the fact that neither home on neither side appears to have been touched by the fire is a miracle. I mean, tomorrow during the day it will look much worse.”
Neighbors called the community close-knit and said many people would be impacted by the loss.
"I probably waved to him several times cause we always wave to each other," White said.
White said he lives a few doors down from the scene. His fiance told him what happened.
"It's a great community and we do stick together," he said. "So it's going to be difficult."
Young lives behind the scene.
"I grabbed my wife and we came out to look and witnessed what everyone saw and that was your worst nightmare," Young said.
Connecticut State Police detectives with their fire and explosive investigation unit are helping the Killingworth fire marshal with the investigation into a cause.
Troopers said they'll remain on the scene until the autopsy is complete.
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