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UPDATE: Man Dies in Meriden Fire

Two others taken to the hospital after a fire takes hold at 55 Corrigan Avenue on Saturday.

UPDATE: Man Dies in Meriden Fire UPDATE: Man Dies in Meriden Fire UPDATE: Man Dies in Meriden Fire UPDATE: Man Dies in Meriden Fire UPDATE: Man Dies in Meriden Fire

Update (11:30 a.m.)

Meriden fire officials continue to investigate a blaze that killed one person and injured another at a Corrigan Avenue home early Sunday.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Sunday the death of Joel Kleinman, the man listed as one of the property owners at 55 Corrigan Ave., according to the city's assessor's office. The office said an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow and no cause of death has been determined.

Fire officials have yet to confirm this is the victim of the fire.

The Record Journal newspaper, which first published information on Kleinman’s death as it relates to the fire, also reported that his wife, Jayne Kleinman, was the woman taken to MidState Medical Center following the fire.

Original Story:

One person has died and two others were hospitalized following a fire that took hold on Corrigan Avenue in Meriden Saturday evening.

The Meriden Fire Department received a call around 5:15 p.m. reporting a fire on the second floor of 55 Corrigan Ave., which is a single-family home, said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Finnegan.

Finnegan confirmed that one person died in the fire, although details on the person’s identity or manner of death were not disclosed. Meanwhile, a neighbor reportedly pulled one of the victims out of the home, and Meriden firefighters succeeded in rescuing another person, Finnegan said.

The two victims who were pulled from the fire were taken to MidState Medical Center. No details were available on their identities or conditions.

Officials at the scene told The Record Journal newspaper that two of the occupants were in their 60s, although it’s unclear specifically which victims they were referring to.

The fire was contained to the second floor of the apartment, and firefighters succeeded in putting it out with 10 minutes, the assistant chief said.

Finnegan confirmed that because the fire involved a fatality, the Meriden Police Department is on scene, although this is standard protocol for any fire of this nature.

The Meriden Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the incident. The cause has not yet been determined.

Check back with Meriden Patch on this story as it develops.

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