Fire Ruins N. Stonington Home

North Stonington — A fire ripped through a single-family home on Hewitt Road Thursday afternoon, collapsing the majority of the roof and destroying the structure.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but two family dogs were missing, said George Brennan, town fire marshal. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“We had a fire,” said Brennan, watching as crews doused patches of flames with water. “That's all I can say.”

The three-story, brown-shingled home at 39 Hewitt Road, one of the oldest houses in North Stonington, belongs to William H. Hescock, a local lawyer and justice of the peace, and his wife Regina. No one was home at the time of the fire.

The blaze ignited shortly after 3 p.m., and local fire fighters were on the scene within minutes, Brennan said. Engines from the North Stonington, Old Mystic, Ashaway, R.I. and Wequetequock fire departments lined Hewitt Road, a dirt street between Wyassup Road and Route 2.

Hescock paced back on forth on his lawn with his arms crossed. He stopped and hugged a woman clutching a white tissue.

By 5:30 p.m., the back half of the house had almost completely collapsed. White smoke billowed from the wreckage as firefighters continued spraying water into the house. Although the front section of the house still stood, the windows were broken and the walls were charred black.
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