FAIRFIELD, Connecticut — A mother and her disabled daughter died in an early morning house fire in Fairfield on Monday, and a fire official said the cause of the blaze was believed to be accidental.
Maureen Gerrity, 47, and her daughter, 19-year-old Katherine O'Neill, were pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital, Assistant Fire Chief Chris Tracy said.
Firefighters say they responded to the blaze on Crane Street at about 1 a.m. Monday and pulled the women from a second-floor bedroom.
Tracy says the cause of the fire is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected. He says the daughter had a developmental disability.
Officials believe the blaze started on the first floor living room.
"It is believed by the fire marshal to be accidental in nature," Tracy said.
Authorities found activated carbon monoxide detectors on the first and second floor and a working smoke detector in the basement, Tracy said.
"There was so much fire damage and heat damage on the first and second floor we can't preclude the possibility that there were detectors there but we didn't find any," Tracy said.
Firefighters reached the victims and had them in an ambulance within eight minutes of arrival, Tracy said. The heat was so intense they were initially unable to reach the second floor, he said.