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Fire kills 2 people, including 9-year-old in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD — Two people, including a 9-year-old, was killed during a house fire Tuesday night. Plainfield police say they, and the fire department, were c...

PLAINFIELD -- Two people, including a 9-year-old, was killed during a house fire Tuesday night.

Plainfield police say they, and the fire department, were called to 885 Norwich Road for a reported house fire.

When they arrived, the homeowner was seen outside, and the house was engulfed in flames. The homeowner stated that there were two people still inside, including a 9-year-old.

The two people were identified as 83-year-old William Garriepy and nine year old Lucas Pearson on Janaury 30.

The fire was too large for fire and police crews to enter the home. Once the fire was under control, they made entry and found two dead individuals.

“All we heard was this elderly woman screaming my grandson, my husband, my grandson, my husband. We opened up the door and she said her house was on fire, my husband looked out and saw the whole house engulfed in flames,” said Lisa Gadue, a neighbor.

The person who was found outside the home was taken to Backus Hospital for minor injuries.

Police say Plainfield School officials have been notified of the 9-year-old's death, and have implemented their support system.

“It’s very difficult for them we had one other fire this fall a fatal fire, we’ve had a fatal fire a couple years ago a young girl, and it affects these individuals considerably because a lot of them have children that age,” said Paul Yellen, Plainfield Fire Marshal.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The Plainfield Fire Marshal's Office, the Plainfield Police Department, and the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit are investigating the fire.