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Man, Two Pets Killed In Overnight CT House Fire

A man and two pets were killed in a fast-moving fire in Hamden.
A man and two pets were killed in a fast-moving fire in Hamden. Photo Credit: Hamden Fire Department

A 59-year-old man and two pets are dead following a house fire overnight.

The blaze in Hamden was reported around 10:15 p.m.,  Tuesday, March 9, at 775 Hill Street after the fire department received numerous 911 calls from neighbors.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they found heavy fire in the breezeway and garage that was spreading into the house, said Hamden Fire Chief Gary Merwede.

A 59-year-old man was found dead in the living room.  He has been identified as Frank Mangiero. 

Two occupants of the home were able to safely evacuate.

One exited through a bedroom window. The other occupant exited through the front door and notified fire department personnel that another person was still inside the house, Merwede said.

Rescue crews began an aggressive interior search of the home while other crews worked to extinguish the fire. 

Two family pets also perished in the fire.

The two other occupants were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. 

They were both released from the hospital on Wednesday, March 10.

The Hamden Fire Marshal’s Office, Hamden Police Department, and Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit were called to the scene to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. 

The breezeway between the garage and the home was the primary area of focus. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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