Four bodies were found inside a duplex on South River Street after a pre-dawn fire, reports The Hartford Courant.
A friend of one of five people who escaped the flames at 68 South River St. said the fire may have been caused by a Christmas tree. The state police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit is working with the Enfield police and fire departments on the investigation.
The fire was reported about 6:15 a.m. Three people came out of the one side of the two-family house, and two emerged from the other side, where the bulk of the fire was burning, fire department spokesman Mark Zarcaro.
The two from the more severely burned side of the home said four more people were inside, he said. The missing people are between the ages of 40 and 60, he said.
The fire was mostly out by 7:30 a.m., and firefighters began to search for victims, Zarcaro said. But the search was called off until firefighters could get equipment to stabilize the heavily damaged house, which is about 100 years old, he said.
Investigators also are seeking a search warrant, although the request for a warrant does not mean they suspect a crime has taken place, Zarcaro said.
The fire was intense, with the second floor of the house collapsing onto the first, he said. Smoke still rose from the duplex at 8 a.m.
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