Bristol native burned in garage fire dies

Published on Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:02


PLYMOUTH - A Bristol native severely burned in a garage fire in Terryville last month has died.

David Dellario, 58, died last Wednesday at Bridgeport Hospital - the location of the state’s only burn center. 

The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. 

Fire Marshal Raymond Kovaleski, who is also the assistant fire chief, confirmed Thursday that Dellario was the man severely burned in a garage fire March 14 at 16 Crescent St., in the Terryville section of town. He did not know the cause of death or if it was related to the burns he sustained. 

Staff at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday said they have not been asked to perform an autopsy. 

Kovaleski added that his office, police and the state Fire Marshal Office are still investigating the cause of the blaze. 

There was a gas generator and a vehicle inside the detached garage at the time of the fire, but Kovaleski said it’s still not clear why Dellario was inside the garage during a snowstorm. There was not a snow blower in the garage.

Dellario was initially taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury before being transported to the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

According to his obituary, Dellario was born and raised in Bristol, and was a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School. He worked for 29 years at Abel Transmission in Bristol.

Rita and Worden Day are listed as the owners of the home where the fire occurred. Worden “Wordy” Day, who is in his 90s, is a former volunteer firefighter who spent 46 years with the Terryville Volunteer Fire Department, retiring at age 65. 

According to his obituary, Rita and Worden Day were Dellario’s mother and stepfather, respectively.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News, Plymouth, Terryville on Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:02. Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:08.