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1 Dead After Early-Morning House Fire

Authorities in Bethel are trying to figure out what sparked an overnight house that left one man dead. This is the second fire at the home on Castle Hill Drive in less than two months. (Published Thursday, June 4, 2015)

A man is dead after a house fire on Castle Hill Drive in Bethel early Thursday morning and authorities are trying to determine what started it.

Officials said a neighbor called for help just after 1 a.m. 

"I just heard a big commotion outside and I went out on my back porch and I saw flames flying high in the sky -- just flying out of the roof." Karen Sherwood, of Bethel, said.

When firefighters arrived, they found the right side of the home completely engulfed in flames. 

Firefighters had to use water tankers to fight the fire because there are no fire hydrants in the area and were able to put  the fire out within 10 minutes.

After searching the heavily damaged home, firefighters discovered a body inside, according to fire officials.

This is not the first fire at this house.  Two months ago, first responders rescued a man trapped inside, according to police.   

“April 8th, we responded to a fire here as well. The occupant at that time was removed from the home and sent to the hospital with minor injuries. That fire is still under investigation,” Det. Sgt. Mike Libertini, of the Bethel Police Department, said. “We’re looking at whether it was an accidental fire or a purposely set fire and we don’t know that.”

The name of the victim has not been released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.