Fire damages East Lyme home
East Lyme — Firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out Sunday morning at a house at 65 East Pattagansett Road.
The fire, which was reported around 9 a.m., began in the rear of the house and spread to the second floor. Firefighters had the blaze under control in about 45 minutes, said Niantic Fire Department Chief John McDonald.
The three residents living in the home safely evacuated, he said.
The Niantic Fire Department, Flanders Fire Department, and Old Saybrook FAST team responded, along with an ambulance from Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
One firefighter was treated for heat-related injuries, said McDonald.
Another firefighter fell down the stairs of the house and was treated for an apparent broken wrist, said Fire Marshal Richard Morris.
Morris identified the residents of the home as Louis Racicot and Heather Longo Racicot. He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but an electrical outlet for a hot tub is being looked at as a possible source of the fire.
A neighbor, Holly Lester, had spotted smoke early Sunday and alerted the residents in the house, said Morris.
While the house had smoke detectors, there was no smoke in their vicinity until later, Morris explained.
Morris said an issue that firefighters encountered is the balloon-frame construction of the house in which the fire reached the walls and moved up to the soffits. He said a fire can become difficult to extinguish and travel quickly in such scenarios where it receives plenty of air.
The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army were on scene.
Deputy First Selectman Kevin Seery said officials informed the family that the town will provide any help and assistance they need. He praised the first responders for their quick response.
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