Seymour fire victim identified, probe contains into cause

December 26, 2018

SEYMOUR-A 30-year-old town resident and U.S. Marine Corps veteran has been identified as the victim in the Dec. 22 fire at the Balance Rock condominiums.

Deputy Fire Marshal Timm Willis said Sean Ryan Lindsley was the victim in the fire that took place in apartment 17. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office said an autopsy conducted Monday was inconclusive as to the cause of the death.

As a result they are conduct more tests which could take up to eight weeks for results.

The cause of the fire also is undetermined as of this time, according to Fire Marshal Paul Wetowicz.

Wetowicz said his office is working with Seymour Police, State Police and the State Fire Marshal’s office in the investigation.

“It’s a team effort,” he said. “We need to interview two people.”

Those people include the 9-1-1 caller who lives in the complex and a person who does not live there.

Lindsley was taken to Griffin Hospital in Derby where he died from injuries in the fire which was called in at around 5 a.m.

Approximately 50 firefighters from Seymour and Oxford were able to contain the blaze to the one unit on the third floor of the building. However other units experienced water and smoke damage.

Thirty people were temporarily displaced and 10 of those were assisted by the American Red Cross

The Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home on 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia is in charge of the arrangments. Services will be private.

Lindsley was born in Bridgeport and raised in Seymour and Easton. He is a 2006 graduate of Joel Barlow High School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps attaining the rank of corporal. He was honorably discharged in 2013 after five years of service.

Lindsley attended Keene State and Naugatuck Valley Community Colleges before being employed as a machinist for Gen-El-Mec Associates, In, in Oxford where he worked the past four years.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Mary Starks Lindsley of Grantham, N.H., his sister, Brooke Anne Lindsley of Waterbury, Vt. as well as his paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousin.

The family asks contributions be made to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

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