TORRINGTON — Mail carriers know their routes intimately — after all, they walk them every day, seeing life unfold on the ground level.
So when Tim Thibault, a city resident and mail carrier for 18 years, noticed mail piling up in the box for a Funston Avenue home, he figured something was amiss. It was atypical — the resident usually picked up his mail each day.
“It was kind of off for that to happen,” said Thibault. “I had a feeling something was wrong.”
Thibault said Friday that he knocked at the doors and windows of the home, but didn’t get a response, even as a neighbor told him the resident’s car was in the garage.
Thibault leaned down to yell for the resident through a broken window in their front door, he said — and smelled gas.
“At that point, I really knew something was wrong,” said Thibault.
He called the Torrington police and fire …