Man killed in Stratford house fire
Updated 5:35 pm, Sunday, November 19, 2017
STRATFORD — A man was killed in a fire that destroyed his home Saturday evening.
Fire Marshal Brian Lampart said the man, James Boss, who owned the home, was alone when the residence at 25 Melville St. caught on fire around 5 p.m. Saturday. Lampart said 23 personnel from the Stratford Fire Department extinguished the flames within 30 minutes.
Once the fire was out, crews found Boss, whom Lampart said was in his early 60s, in his second-floor bedroom. Investigators are examining whether he died from burns or smoke inhalation.
Lampart said Boss lived in the house with his wife and son, who stayed with relatives Saturday night. Two dogs who lived in the house escaped and were unharmed, Lampart said, but a bird was killed during the blaze as were some pet fish.
According to official records, the single-family home with a detached garage was purchasedy by James and Susan Boss in January 2006 for $240,000. The most recent appraised value is $129,640. The home sits on a quarter-acre lot and it was built in 1930.
The second floor of the single-family home was severely damaged by the flames. The first floor has heat, water and smoke damage. Lampart said no one will be allowed to live in the house for an extended period of time. He said Boss’s wife and son were working on finding alternative housing in the meantime.
The Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit are determining the cause of the fire, but Lampart said foul play is not suspected.
Staff writer Amanda Cuda contributed to this report.