A man was killed after a fire at a mobile home in Naugatuck early Friday morning.
The fire was reported on Shadduck Road near Idleview Park just before 1:30 a.m.
“It’s sad, you know it’s really sad," said Safia Crownshaw of Naugatuck. “It is nerve wracking because my trailer is probably as old if not older than that trailer. But who knows what caused it.”
When firefighters arrived, they said the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames.
Two women were found outside. They said they escaped and couldn't get back inside to rescue a man.
Firefighters said it was too dangerous to go inside. They tried to get in, but heavy smoke and fire prevented it.
“First arriving officers made the difficult decision that they would have to fight the fire from the exterior because the building already was fully involved and there was a full propane tank that was impinged by fire," said Assist. Chief John DeBisschop, Naugatuck Fire Department.
They found the man after the fire was extinguished.
The victim was reported dead around 2:15 a.m. His name has not yet been released.
Firefighters believe the fire started in the back of the home.
They said they had an issue with water because there are no hydrants in the area. Tankers had to be brought in along with mutual aid from Oxford and Middlebury.
Neighboring homes were evacuated.
The American Red Cross is helping the surviving victims.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“This is going to be a lengthy investigation," said Sgt. Jay Pugliese, Naugatuck police. “There is significant damage which is going to hamper our investigation.”
Investigators said they expect to be on the scene throughout the morning on Friday.
Stay with Channel 3 as more information becomes available.
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