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Somers House Fire Draws Help from Mass. Towns

SOMERS, Conn. (WGGB) — Residents in a Somers Connecticut home have been displaced after a fire tore through a section of the house causing over $150,000 in damages.

That’s according to Somers Fire Deputy Chief, Frank Falcone Jr. who says they initially received the call at 8:30 this morning.

“We responded and when we arrived we saw fire coming from a basement window, first floor kitchen, and extending up into a second floor bedroom,” explains Falcone Jr.

The homeowner and tenant were able to escape.

From that point on it took firefighters over an hour and half to knock down the flames as water had to be pumped from a nearby pond and it wasn’t without the help of some area fire departments though.

“The home is about 10 minutes from the fire house, with no water up there, plus there’s not a lot of volunteers around that’s why we called mutual aid,” says Falcone Jr., “The house had 2 sections. Older section (was) built around 1900 and this is where the fire was taking place.  We did manage to save the newer section as the fire was knocked down before it reached that area.   It took about an hour and a half to put it out, fire got into the walls, and being a balloon construction there was no fire stopping in the walls because of how old they were.”

Here in Massachusetts mutual aid came from East Longmeadow and Hampden and in Connecticut Shaker Pines, Hazardville, Tolland, and the Crystal Lake Fire Departments all helped as well.

The Red Cross has been contacted to assist those displaced.

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, authorities do know it started in the basement kitchen and moved its way upwards from there.

The home is estimated to have sustained between $150,000 and $200,000 in damages.

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