GRISWOLD, Conn. — Connecticut State Police said Thursday that they have a “person of interest” in connection with a Griswold house fire that left two people dead.
Officials also say they believe the early Wednesday blaze is connected to a car fire in the nearby town of Glastonbury.
Firefighters who responded to the blaze at Kenwood Estates in Griswold found one person dead. A second body was discovered Wednesday evening. Autopsies will be conducted, and the identities of the people found in the home have not been released.
State police said detectives investigating the fire came across the person of interest, but authorities provided no other details and did not say if that person was in custody. Police said they were withholding the person’s identity as “detectives follow all leads.”
Jessica Bower, who was visiting her parents next door to the home, told The Hartford Courant that she woke up to “crackling and popping noises” and her room was glowing orange. She said she looked outside, saw the fire and called 911.
Griswold Volunteer Fire Chief Tom Holowaty told WVIT-TV that three adults lived in the home. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the people who died in the blaze lived there.
Police also confirmed that the house fire is linked to an abandoned car that was found ablaze at an apartment complex in Glastonbury but did not provide further details. Police say there were no injuries in the car fire.