Fatal Connecticut Boat Fire Traced to Propane Heater

February 19, 2009

Authorities in Stratford, Connecticut say a fatal boat fire has been traced to a propane heater that ignited the blaze in the vessel’s small sleeping quarters.

Officials have identified the victim as 52-year-old Don Czaplinski, who lived on the boat and previously owned a Stratford deli in a nearby shopping plaza.

Czaplinski was killed early Saturday on his 40-foot sport fishing boat, which was docked at Stratford’s Boardwalk Marina.

The state medical examiner’s office says he died of smoke inhalation, and his death has been ruled accidental.

Information from: Connecticut Post

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