Homeowners In North Haven Explosion Identified, Were Going Through A Divorce

The North Haven couple living in the home that was the site of a fiery explosion amid a police standoff Wednesday were going through a divorce filed just two weeks ago, records obtained by The Courant show.

Deborah Sayre filed for divorce from her husband of more than 40 years, John, on April 18, court records show. Although officials have not identified the person killed in the explosion or a woman who had been held hostage, records show the Sayres lived at the Quinnipiac Avenue home where the standoff took place.

Sources said the woman escaped, and contacted North Haven police about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, bringing a SWAT team to the Quinnipiac Avenue home. Officers spent several hours trying to get the woman’s estranged husband out, but as the standoff progressed, a barn on the property exploded, touching off a massive fire.

Authorities early Thursday found human remains in the rubble. They did not identify the remains and said an autopsy needed to be performed by the office of the chief state medical examiner.

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