A man who died in a Monday night fire was identified as 71 James “Butch” Gann, said Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli.
It is not yet clear what caused the fire.
UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.
The fire that led to the death of a man on Monday night in Middletown is not suspicious, and the fact that the victim was in a wheelchair played a role in his not escaping, Middletown’s fire chief said this morning.
Chief Paul Lolli said the area was investigated by the department’s canine that searches for accelerants, and nothing was detected. The cause was also not electrical, Lolli said.
Determining the cause of this fire could be challenging, Lolli said.
UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.: The victim killed in tonight's house fire on 6th Avenue was handicapped and that may have prevented his escape, Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said.