Four people displaced in Montville house fire

Montville — Four people were displaced from their single story ranch at 491 Norwich-New London Turnpike Saturday when the house was heavily damaged by fire.

The homeowners were home when the fire broke out in a bedroom shortly after noon Saturday, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Barnes. As crews mopped up about an hour later, the woman and three men who lived in the home sat in or stood outside a van parked across the street, the woman cradling their pet dog in the front seat. 

The fire was reported at 12:07 p.m., according to Barnes, who said the first arriving units found heavy fire coming from the front and side windows of a bedroom on the right side of the house. The fire was fully contained within 25 minutes, leaving the bedroom heavily damaged and smoke damage throughout the house, Barnes said.

The Montville Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Mohegan, Oakdale, East Great Plains, Mohegan Tribe, Norwich and Waterford, according to Barnes. He said the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

State and town police also were at the scene, and fire police closed a section of Route 32 between the intersections of Route 163 and Pink Row during the fire. A worker from American Red Cross also was on scene.

k.florin@theday.com

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