MERIDEN — Fire officials say one person died in a house fire early Thursday on Carpenter Avenue.
Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn said authorities are working to identify the person and notify next of kin. The fire marshal and city and state police are investigating the cause of the fire.
The two-story, single-family house at 161 Carpenter Ave. was ablaze when engines arrived around 3:15 a.m. Thursday.
“Due to the large volume of fire and the amount of water needed in the area, mutual aid tankers were called in to supplement water supply,” Dunn said.
The home, which is owned by Michael and Mary Ellen Avery, has been deemed a total loss. Additional details were not available Friday.
Donna Wolther lives directly across from the home. She said she looked out her window about 3 a.m., saw fire, and called 911.
Another neighbor grabbed a brick, ran to the home, and broke a window, before calling for anyone inside.
“Standing in my front yard the heat was so intense,” Wolther said. Donna’s husband, Stuart, described the fire as “a total inferno.”
The family said firefighters were on scene within five minutes fighting the blaze.