KILLINGWORTH — State troopers and firefighters responded to a house fire in Killingworth at around 9:45 p.m. on Thursday. Once the fire was out, officials said they found a man dead inside the home.
The Chief Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The victim’s identity has not yet been released. Police said they are waiting for the family to be notified.
Neighbors in this 55 and over community said they are in disbelief over what happened.
“I noticed my neighbor across the street her house was glowing a flickering orange,” said Linda Mansfield of Killingsworth, “I said to my husband I think there’s a fire so we came outside and we saw the fire so my husband called 911.”
Linda and her husband live just two houses down from 33 Bridle Path Trail, the home that caught fire on Thursday.
“It is devastating to see something like that, and because you know the houses are close, and we worry about whether any of the other ones are going to catch on fire,” said Mansfield.
No other homes were damaged in this fire. Officials say the home had heavy flames coming form the front when they arrived on scene, and those who live nearby say it was fully engulfed.
“Oh it was just flames bursting all over the place,” said Mark Douglas.
What is left now is a mangled and destroyed home where a man living by himself once resided.
“I didn’t sleep all night,” said Mansfield. “I am still shaking.”
Local officials have since called in additional help to try to determine what may have sparked the blaze.
“At the request of the Killingworth Fire Marshal, detectives from our fire and explosion investigative unit responded to assist with that investigation,” said Sergeant Eric Haglund with State Police.
The investigation remains active and ongoing.