There is one confirmed fatality in a house fire Tuesday afternoon on 6th avenue in Bethel.
The deceased was an adult, but the body was unidentifiable to fire crews.
George Young, Bethel’s Fire Chief and acting Police Chief said Tuesday afternoon that his team has searched the entire house after the blaze and confirmed that there was only one death.
Flames shot out of the windows on the upper level of the home. City trucks hauled water as crews battled the blaze.
Young says the fire was highly suspicious based on conversation with a woman who was at the home, plus the fire’s rapid spread. They don’t know yet how it started.
The Bethel Fire Department believes that there were three or four people inside the home when the fire began around 2 p.m. Two people were evacuated and another may have gotten out before crews arrived. The two evacuated were conscious and alert but were taken to the hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation. Young says all kids are accounted for who may have been around the home this afternoon.
A member of state Fire Marshal Office was scheduled to arrive in Bethel Tuesday night to investigate. Police and troopers will be guarding the home near the intersection of 6th Avenue and Main Street.
Known as Sallafie’s house to neighbors, the home reportedly had a reputation for hosting inebriated people and having many visits from local police.