UPDATED: 7 people displaced by Norwich fire

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Norwich — Seven people were displaced Thursday when the two-family home at 81 Cliff St. caught fire, according to a news release from acting fire Chief Keith Wucik.

The blaze broke out at 11:56 a.m. inside the two-story home, causing significant damage to the second floor where the windows were covered in soot and, from the sidewalk, the interior appeared to be completely charred.

The City of Norwich Fire Department responded to the single-alarm fire and arrived to find smoke billowing through the eaves of the upstairs windows. Some firefighters used one water line on the first floor and one on the second to extinguish the blaze, while others searched for occupants and didn't find any, Wucik said.

Crews extinguished the fire, located in a second-floor bedroom, in 28 minutes, Wucik said. The fire also resulted in water and smoke damage on the first floor.

The Red Cross is assisting the seven people who were displaced from the colonial-style home situated at the top of a hill, but Wucik said there were no injuries to either the residents or firefighters.

The fire department were assisted by the Mohegan Tribal Rapid Intervention Team, East Great Plains cascade unit, Taftville Engine 21, Norwich police and Norwich Public Utilities.

The Norwich fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Day Staff Writer Erica Moser contributed to this report.



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