‘This is a horrible tragedy’: Elderly couple killed in fire at trailer home in Hopkinton

HOPKINTON, R.I (WLNE) – An elderly couple is dead after a fire broke out at their trailer overnight in Hopkinton.

According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, crews responded just before midnight to a trailer home on Alton Bradford Road. Upon arrival, the trailer was fully engulfed in flames. Crews found the bodies of two people inside.

Police have identified the victims as 66-year-old Daniel Pelletier and 71-year-old Theresa Pelletier, the two were married.

Chief Deputy Michael Sweeney told ABC6 that it’s believed the couple was sleeping at the time of the fire.

“I’m shocked, disbelief, I’m still in shock. Even looking at it I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s just, I just saw him a month ago,” said Melissa Kessler, the Daniel’s great niece. “Just talking to him everything was normal and then to hear this it’s just, you know, it’s a lot for my family to deal with right now.”

Kessler lives up the road from the trailer, and said she heard the sirens when crews arrived on scene.

“I’m just shocked. I just, I can’t believe what I’m seeing, you know. I wouldn’t have thought hearing the sirens at midnight it was a relative, you know. Even if it wasn’t, this is horrible. This is a horrible tragedy.”

Early Wednesday morning, Rebecca Thorton stopped by the trailer home to drop off flowers. She said she came when she heard the news, as she was almost a victim of a house fire herself.

It wasn’t until later that morning when Thorton realized she knew the victims. Her husband is a great nephew to the couple.

“Ever since I came into the family ten years ago, he was always open arms. Every picnic was like I was family no matter what. Always waving on the way by down the road. It’s gonna be weird not seeing him anymore,” Thorton said. “Myself and my grandparents and my aunt were almost lost in a housefire when I was a baby and the whole thing had bothered me, it was just irking in my belly the whole time, and then it turns out I do know who’s here.”

Sweeney said due to the destruction inside, fire investigators couldn’t get in safely to reconstruct the scene.

He said the official cause of the fire is undetermined.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2021

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