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Early Morning Deadly Car Fire in West Hartford Under Investigation

State and West Hartford Police and fire officials are investigating a fatal car fire that occurred early Wednesday morning. Image courtesy of WTNH-News8 (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford Police have confirmed that a victim who was inside the burning car was pronounced dead at the scene.

By Ronni Newton

A fire in a vehicle in a Kane Street parking lot claimed the life an individual who was inside the car, West Hartford Police said Wednesday.

According to Capt. Michael Perruccio, an officer on routine patrol spotted the fire in the parking lot at 46 Kane St. just before 4 a.m. Wednesday.

“The officer broke a window in an attempt to enter/view inside the vehicle, however the vehicle was fully engulfed in fire,” Lt. Dan Moffo said in a press release. Due to the severity of the fire, the officer was unable to see inside or access the interior of the vehicle.

Firefighters arrived and were able to put out the fire, and once it was extinguished officers confirmed that there had been someone in the driver’s seat of the car.

That individual who had been inside the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has not been identified and no further details have been released.

The West Hartford Police, Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigative Unit, and West Hartford fire marshal are continuing the investigation of the incident.

Anyone who saw anything unusual or has information regarding this incident is asked to contact West Hartford Police at 860-523-5203.

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