Fire tears through home on Chatham Drive in Trumbull

Posted: Updated:
TRUMBULL -

Investigators are looking into a house fire in Trumbull that tore through a Chatham Drive home Tuesday afternoon.

A charred, gutted shell remained standing Wednesday, with boards over some of the gaping holes in the structure.

Authorities say the fire began in the first-floor kitchen and spread upstairs. They say neighbors saw smoke billowing out of the home and called 911.

"Honestly I saw one stream of smoke and so we got really nervous and we called 911 and by the time they got here it was a giant fire," says neighbor Chase Diamond.

Authorities say the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, but luckily no one was home.

A 92-year-old man who built the house in 1968 and still lives there was not home at the time. He was in the hospital for an unrelated injury. 

His son, who also lives there, was not home either. But he said he was cooking before he left and now blames himself.

The fire marshal says the investigation is ongoing and the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: George H.W. Bush through the years

    PHOTOS: George H.W. Bush through the years

    George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

    George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

  • Gift Guides: Gifts for everyone on your list

    Gift Guides: Gifts for everyone on your list

    Wednesday, December 5 2018 7:37 AM EST2018-12-05 12:37:03 GMT
    From Jack-Jack, of the "Incredibles," to the newest Fingerlings toy, we have a list of the hottest toys for the kids in your list!From Jack-Jack, of the "Incredibles," to the newest Fingerlings toy, we have a list of the hottest toys for the kids in your list!

    We have a list of the best gifts for everyone on your list!

    We have a list of the best gifts for everyone on your list!

  • Your Connecticut 2018 Holiday Photos

    Your Connecticut 2018 Holiday Photos

    Your Connecticut 2017 Holiday PhotosYour Connecticut 2017 Holiday Photos

    Check out all of the photos this holiday season! Send us yours on Instagram or Twitter using #CTHolidays.

    Check out all of the photos this holiday season! Send us yours on Instagram or Twitter using #CTHolidays.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."