April 30 2019

Burlington Native Died in Connecticut House Fire; Family Seeking Help with Funeral Expenses

By: Rich Hosford

The sole victim of a house fire in Bristol, Connecticut, last week was a man who grew up in Burlington and graduated from Shawsheen Tech.

WTNH in Connecticut reports that in the early morning on Thursday, April 25, a fire broke out at a multi-family in Bristol. There were four people in the two-family home and three were able to escape by going out to a balcony where a fire ladder rescued them. Sadly, however, Tom Ludwig, who was in his bedroom when the fire started, was unable to evacuate in time and passed away.

On a Facebook page for Burlington natives/longtime residents who have passed away a resident posted that Ludwig had gone to elementary school in Burlington and attended Shawsheen Tech during high school. There were many commenters expressing condolences for him and his family and people sharing memories of the family.

Ludwig’s granddaughter, Alexis Jalbert, told WTNH that her grandfather was set to retire and that his loss was difficult for her and the rest of the family.

“I'm hurt because he's my grandpa, we were close,” she said. “He would've done anything for anybody so it's not really fair.”

 

Jalbert also started a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses, citing existing difficulties facing the family.

 

“Times are tough with his only daughter (my mom) in ICU in a medical coma, and the rest of his family living in Texas,” she said in the fundraiser description. “Any donation helps no matter how big or small. All funds will be going towards his funeral expenses, and anything left over towards my mom’s medical bills. Thank you.”

 

The GoFundMe page has a stated goal of $5,000. As of Tuesday evening they had raised roughly half that amount with a total of $2,520 in donations.

 

 

Click here to make a donation.

 

Photo from the GoFundMe page.

 
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