Home » News » Public Safety
As investigators comb house, no ID yet in deadly Wilton fire
WILTON — Officials have not yet released the identity of the person killed in Sunday night's house fire on Maple Street.
On Monday, Deputy Fire Marshal John Raymond combed through the wreckage to determine how the fire started at the yellow farmhouse, which has a finished attached barn.
“The autopsy has been completed,” said Raymond, “but we're not releasing any further information at this time.”
Raymond said that officials still have to interview everyone involved; he has been working with the Wilton police and fire departments.
Neighbors said the home had recently been renovated, its barn converted into a rental unit. It was listed on the town's property tax rolls as belonging to Donna Crane. A firefighter who asked not to be named said a couple and two children lived in the residence.
In addition to the investigators on scene Monday, the only firefighter to be hurt during the three-alarm blaze, Wilton Fire Capt. Joe Torre, was standing by as crews searched the house with a thermal camera checking for hot spots.
Torre's face was burned in the fire. He had burns and blisters on both cheeks and on his wrist.
“It's my own fault,” said Torre, who trains firefighters in how to wear their protective gear properly. In the rush to start attacking the blaze, he said he forgot one of his own lessons and left gaps on either side of his hood and face mask.
“The biggest injury I have is to my pride,” said Torre, a 16-year veteran of the department. “I'm an example to the firefighters I teach of what can happen if they don't do things carefully.”
Torre was one of the first on the scene of the fire on Sunday evening. Flames had completely engulfed the barn and were moving toward the house. His first thought was to rescue anyone inside, but it quickly became clear that the fire needed to be controlled and fast.
“We went in through the ‘ell' and started trying to beat back the fire to keep it in the barn,” he said. “But the barn was really rocking because it was timber frame, so there was lots of fuel and lots of air.”
Torre said he doesn't know the homeowner, but said he feels very sorry for the people who suffered the tragedy.
“It was a pretty bad fire,” Torre said.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Talk of 'wings on pigs' threats on police tests U.S. speech rights - 0
- Brentwood police look to increase coverage after officer's death in May - 4
- Londonderry schools placed on lockdown after soldier's unplanned visit to high school causes alarm - 40
- Police investigate report of shots fired - 0
- Manchester blaze that left dozens homeless was accidental - 0
- Milford woman injured in Bedford crash - 0
- Park on any side of the street in Manchester during Christmas week - 0
- NYC mayor wants protests on hold after police deaths - 0
- Mother of two says she's lucky, even though condo destroyed in blaze - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Two Manchester women arrested in separate shoplifting incidents in Hooksett - 1
- Maine police search car belonging to husband of Londonderry shooting victim - 0
- Man arrested after chase, threatening to shoot police in Bow - 0
- Good Samaritan pins Manchester purse snatcher - 1
- Homeless man who saved woman from river: 'I don't consider myself a hero' - 9
- High School Basketball: Rivalries renewed in QCIBT - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Will they get everything on their list? - 0
- Tuohy brothers add new restaurant in familiar spot - 0
- New Horizons volunteers deliver groceries and good cheer, making Christmas special - 0
Londonderry schools placed on lockdown after soldier's unplanned visit to high school causes alarm