Car fire that killed Milford man ruled accidental

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MILFORD — A car fire that killed a Milford man has been ruled accidental.

Richard Weir was found dead in a burning car on Oct. 7 near the Connecticut Audubon Center.

The Connecticut Post reports that fire officials determined the fire started when Weir’s car went off the road, onto a boardwalk and then got stuck in sand.

Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Gary Baker said in a statement that when Weir tried to drive out of the sand, part of the exhaust system touched the wooden boardwalk and started a fire. That fire then engulfed the car.

The newspaper reports it’s not clear why Weir could not exit the car.

The 72-year-old had recently been released after serving most of a three-year sentence for larceny from the Milford Rotary Club.