Norwich resident dies after part of mobile home floor caved in, fire officials say

Several agencies assisted with the recovery of a body found trapped in a "structural collapse" under a mobile home by Norwich police Tuesday evening, according to the Taftville Fire Company #2.

Several agencies assisted with the recovery of a body found trapped in a "structural collapse" under a mobile home by Norwich police Tuesday evening, according to the Taftville Fire Company #2.

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NORWICH — First responders recovered a body from underneath a collapsed floor of a mobile home Tuesday evening, according to the Taftville Fire Company No. 2 and the Norwich Police Department. 

“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased during this difficult time,” officials said in a Facebook post.

Taftville firefighters responded to Mohegan Park Road around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday to assist Norwich police with a technical rescue after officers found the scene during an attempted well-being check on the resident, according to fire officials. Representatives for the Yantic Fire Engine Company No. 1 and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also responded to the location, officials said. 

According to Norwich Police Lt. Thomas Lazzaro, a section of the mobile home's floor had become "extremely compromised and gave way." Though officers were still able to enter the trailer, they used caution.

Crews worked for about four hours to recover the body from debris under the mobile home, fire officials said. Once extracted, the body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office, officials said. 

The man was identified as John Jordan, Lazzaro said. 

The mobile home was condemned by an official with the Norwich Building Department, according to officials. Power and water to the structure were in turn shut off by Norwich Public Utilities, officials said.

Officials said the cause of the incident is under investigation by the Norwich Police Department and the medical examiner’s office. 

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