One person has been killed in a house fire in Sherman. Firefighters responded to Route 55 West shortly before 6:30pm on Sunday on a report of a fire, with someone trapped in the basement. Two occupants were able to escape, but one party was unaccounted for.
The fire was eventually extinguished but the structure sustained catastrophic damage and collapsed. Heavy equipment was used to search for the missing occupant. A body was eventually located in the debris and removed from the scene by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be conducted.
The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.
The Sherman Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and conducted an initial investigation as to the origin and cause of the fire before requesting assistance from the Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit. The fire remains under investigation, though there is no indication that there is any criminal aspect.
The Sherman Volunteer Fire Department received mutual aid from Gaylordsville, Water Witch Hose Company, Kent, New Fairfield, Pawling and Dover. Detectives from the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad assisted with the investigation.