A retired volunteer firefighter died after being trapped in a burning upper-apartment in Weston.
Crews responded to the fire on Wellesley Street early Friday morning. The fire broke out just after midnight.
Family members identified the victim as 65-year-old Ross Giamo, a well-known Weston native. He lived alone in a two-story detached garage that he converted to an apartment and workshop.
Firefighters said they knew Giamo was trapped inside, but they were forced away from the building because of the intense flames. Giamo’s body was found on the other side of the door.
Firefighters also had difficulty getting water to the home. The garage was set back in the woods far from the road.
Officials said the house had a workshop with much electrical equipment in it, and the chief said they were focusing on an electrical problem as the cause, likely the failure of a heavy duty extension cord.
Close family soon gathered outside his home shocked by the loss. His cousin said Giamo was the greatest guy.
“What a good, kind, giving, caring person who tried to teach people how to live and be better people and get on with life and work. All the good things in life,” she said.
The Weston fire chief said they are still investigating the fire, but at this point it appears accidental and the cause appears to be electrical.
?Firefighters put bunting outside headquarters and lowered the flag to half-staff. Giamo retired two decades ago, but maintained a close connection to his colleagues.