The death of a 19-year-old woman in an apartment fire in Southington has been ruled a homicide, the state Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.
The agency determined that Kristen Milano died of smoke inhalation in Sunday’s blaze at the Summer Brook Apartments. Authorities, however, would not say why they thought Milano’s death was a homicide.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation. Police declined to comment on witness reports saying the fire may have been started by someone who threw a firecracker at the apartment as a prank. No arrests have been announced.
The Southington Fire Department responded to a fire at the Summer Brook Apartments on Darling Street at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The second floor of the condo unit was engulfed when fire officials arrived.
All Southington fire companies, along with an engine and a tower truck from Bristol, responded. The Southington Police Department and AMR also responded with multiple units.
The Southington Police and Fire Departments are investigating the fire along with the state fire marshal.
*An Associated Press (AP) release was used in this story.