Man killed in Washington barn fire identified

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WASHINGTON — Authorities have identified Gene A. Tompkins as the person killed in last month’s deadly fire on Blackville Road.

The 58-year-old man’s body was found inside a burning barn on Blackville Road the evening of Feb. 27.

Authorities said the barn had been converted into a living space and Tompkins resided at the address.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Tompkins died of smoke inhalation and ruled his death accidental.

The Washington Fire Marshal’s Office worked with the Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit to investigate the fatal fire.

Following examinations of the scene and witness interviews, investigators determined that the fire had originated inside the barn where Tompkins’ body was found. They could not, however, identify the ignition source.

Although unable to determine the cause of the fire, investigators said there was “no indication that the fire was intentionally set or has any criminal aspect associated.”