Officials: No smoke alarms in fatal Middletown fire

Investigators have announced today that there were no smoke alarms or sprinklers inside the Middletown home where a six-alarm fire killed four people Tuesday.The flames

MIDDLETOWN - Investigators have announced today that there were no smoke alarms or sprinklers inside the Middletown home where a six-alarm fire killed four people Tuesday.

The flames broke out just before 3 a.m. at 135 Statesir Place. The owner of the house, Stephan Banovich, says his sister-in-law woke him up after smelling smoke. He told fire investigators when he went outside to see what was burning, the house became engulfed in flames.

Banovich was able to escape unharmed, but his sister-in-law died while trying to rescue a pet. Banovich also lost his wife, Sheridan Banovich, and their daughter, Diedre Banovich. The daughter's live-in boyfriend, Anthony Cadalzo, also died.

Investigators say a cigarette or match tossed into a trash can sparked the fire.

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