Police ID Grandfather, Grandson Killed in Plainfield House Fire

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A 9-year-old grandson and his 83-year-old grandfather died after a fire engulfed a home in Plainfield on Tuesday night.

Crews responded to a house fire on 885 Norwich Road in Plainfield at 10 p.m.

According to officials, when firefighters arrived at the scene, the homeowner told them two people, including a 9-year-old, were still inside the home.

The victims have been identified as 83-year-old William Garriepy and 9-year-old Lucas Pearson.

Due to the flames, firefighters and police were unable to enter the home.  Once the fire was under control, crews entered the home and located the two deceased victims.

“The fire was just raging through the windows, flames were coming out the windows about 10 feet out of the window," explained neighbor Paul Gadue.

Gadue and his wife tried to comfort the homeowner, who rushed to their house for help.

“She had no shoes on her feet, no socks, she was in her nightgown and you could see that she was very distraught," Lisa Gadue said.
Crews battle a large fire in Plainfield.

Plainfield School officials have been notified of the child's death and they are providing support for anyone who may need during this tragic time.

The homeowner was transported to William W. Backus Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.  The Plainfield fire marshal’s office, the Plainfield Police Department, and the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit are working together to investigate the fire.

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