Tony Hsieh death mystery: Why was ex-Zappos CEO's home barely damaged in the fire that killed him?
The mystery surrounding the death of the former CEO of Zappos Tony Hsieh continues to grow as shocking details are being revealed with each passing day. The millionaire died on November 27 after he succumbed to the burn injuries caused from the fire that broke out at a New London, Connecticut home. However, the latest reports claim that there was very little damage endured by the house despite the fire taking Hsieh’s life. When Daily Mail spoke to a man at the late entrepreneur's house, he reportedly said that "There was very little damage" caused to the house when it was ablaze.
However, Hsieh’s personal lawyer Puoy Premsirut was not available to respond to the questions as she’s still said to be mourning the loss. The man told, “She's dealing with everything. We want it all to come from one voice. We're having a tough day today.” Nevertheless, the fact that Hsieh’s house experienced minimal damage in a life-claiming accident has only fanned the flames of the case further.
Hsieh’s waterfront home overlooking Long Island Sound was bought by him four months ago for $1.3 million from his former employee Rachel Brown. She worked at a Las-Vegas-based Zappos and became a critical member of the management team over the years. It is yet to be known if Brown was present in the house when the fire broke out, but it is being told that Hsieh’s brother was present with him.
Realtor Bobbi McBride Doyen has described the house as “polished” when it was first listed for sale over the summer. He noted that the house came with “year-round waterfront beach glamour” and boasted “luxurious interior and exterior spaces.”
“The coolness factor, as well as the glimmering water view of the 3rd floor crow's nest bedroom hideaway, is something to be experienced, Even the epoxied garage floor is worthy of a car dealership showroom with a smart' garage door.” Hsieh purchased the house on July 30, just a month before he quit the company and sold it to Amazon for a whopping $1.2 billion.
What caused the fire?
New London Fire Chief Thomas Cursio has noted that he cannot reveal the cause of the fire as of yet as the investigation is underway. Recounting the event of the day when the fire broke out in Hsieh’s house, Cursio said that the firefighters had to “force entry” inside the home when they were informed that someone was trapped in the basement. Hsieh was removed immediately and CPR was performed on him before taking him to the hospital.
He was initially taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London and later airlifted to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he passed away nine days later surrounded by his family.