Fire destroys Norwich home; no injuries

Norwich firefighter David Rose, left, holds "Hunnybun," the second cat he rescued from a fire as its owner Rosemarie Trentely, center, a resident at 218 Washington Street in Norwich since 1970, the location of the structure fire, attempts to comfort the cat, Sunday, April 13, 2014.  To the right is her other rescued cat "Sweetheart," in the arms of close friend Melinda Lemay of Groton.  The large home located in the historic district houses six apartment, four of which were occupied, all residents escaped without injuries.
Norwich firefighter David Rose, left, holds "Hunnybun," the second cat he rescued from a fire as its owner Rosemarie Trentely, center, a resident at 218 Washington Street in Norwich since 1970, the location of the structure fire, attempts to comfort the cat, Sunday, April 13, 2014. To the right is her other rescued cat "Sweetheart," in the arms of close friend Melinda Lemay of Groton. The large home located in the historic district houses six apartment, four of which were occupied, all residents escaped without injuries. Tim Martin/The Day

Norwich – No one was injured when a fire destroyed a six-family home at 218 Washington St. this morning, according to police.

The fire began at 8:17 a.m. and was under control within a couple hours, said police.

Residents said four of the units were occupied at the time of the blaze. One of them, Rosemarie Trentley, said firefighters rescued her two cats from the fire. She has lived there since 1970.

All Norwich fire departments responded to the call, with mutual aid from Bozrah, Mohegan and Jewett City. Fire officials could not be reached for comment.

Rosemarie Trentely, center, a resident at 218 Washington Street in Norwich since 1970, is comforted by close friend Melinda Lemay of Groton, as her home is in flames at the scene of a structure fire Sunday, April 13, 2014.  The large home located in the historic district houses six apartments, four of which were occupied, all residents escaped without injuries. Trentely's two cats were rescued by a fireman. Norwich Police patrol officer Scott Dupointe, left, assists the women.
Rosemarie Trentely, center, a resident at 218 Washington Street in Norwich since 1970, is comforted by close friend Melinda Lemay of Groton, as her home is in flames at the scene of a structure fire Sunday, April 13, 2014. The large home located in the historic district houses six apartments, four of which were occupied, all residents escaped without injuries. Trentely's two cats were rescued by a fireman. Norwich Police patrol officer Scott Dupointe, left, assists the women. Tim Martin/The Day
Norwich firefighter David Rose, left, holds "Hunnybun," the second cat he rescued from a fire as its owner Rosemarie Trentely, center, a resident at 218 Washington Street in Norwich since 1970, the location of the structure fire, attempts to comfort the cat, Sunday, April 13, 2014.  To the right is her other rescued cat "Sweetheart," in the arms of close friend Melinda Lemay of Groton.  The large home located in the historic district houses six apartment, four of which were occupied, all residents escaped without injuries.
Norwich firefighter David Rose, left, holds "Hunnybun," the second cat he rescued from a fire as its owner Rosemarie Trentely, center, a resident at 218 Washington Street in Norwich since 1970, the location of the structure fire, attempts to comfort the cat, Sunday, April 13, 2014. To the right is her other rescued cat "Sweetheart," in the arms of close friend Melinda Lemay of Groton. The large home located in the historic district houses six apartment, four of which were occupied, all residents escaped without injuries. Tim Martin/The Day
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