Police: Cluttered Home Hindered Greenwich Fire Resuce

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A woman remains in critical condition Wednesday after a fire killed her son in a Greenwich home. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

GREENWICH, Conn. - A man was found dead and his mother was severely hurt in a fire police believe was intentionally set in a Greenwich home investigators described as "cluttered" and difficult to get through. 

Dean Verboven, 42, was found deceased in the home at 46 Havemeyer Lane. His mother, Barbara Verboven, 69, was in critical condition Wednesday at the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Center, Greenwich Police Lt. Kraig Gray said. 

The fire was reported around 7 a.m. Tuesday by neighbors who saw smoke and flames. Firefighters found heavy smoke when they arrived at the home, Gray said. 

“The residence was in a cluttered state that impacted their ability to get through the fire and get the persons who needed assistance,” said Gray.

Rescue workers performed CPR on Barbara Verboven. Dean Verboven was already dead when firefighters brought him out of the home, they said. 

Investigators spent eight hours at the scene trying to determine the cause of the fire. A state fire marshal dog assisted with the investigation conducted by the Greenwich fire marshal and Greenwich police. 

"Investigators consider the fire incendiary, which means it was set intentionally," Gray said.

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