New London — A kitchen fire at 42 Tilley St. led to the evacuation of six apartments tonight and the displacement of three family members.
Fire department Battalion Chief Marc A. Melanson said the blaze occurred in a second-floor apartment and is under investigation. The building is owned by Rod Cornish.
A witness who lives in the building, John Dominguez,said he helped douse the 8:15 p.m. fire by filling up buckets in his bathtub and then throwing water on the blaze.
“I heard kids screaming and then running downstairs, and when I went upstairs I saw the stove and the cabinets on fire,” Dominguez said.
Dominguez said he yelled “fire” so other people in the apartment building could escape. The only other people at home were the three people in the second-floor apartment -- an adult and two young children -- and his roommate’s girlfriend, he said.
Melanson said he called in the Submarine Base fire department for support because at first he thought it was a working fire. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, however, all that was left was heat and smoke, he said.