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Two displaced by Thursday night fire in Niantic

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East Lyme — Two people were displaced after a fire tore through a duplex in Niantic about 8 p.m. Thursday, Niantic Fire Chief John Dwire said Friday. There were no injuries.

The Niantic and Flanders fire departments responded to 174 W. Main St. for a structure fire, which began in one woman's apartment on one side and extended into a man's apartment on the other, Dwire said.

He said neighbors assisted the elderly man from the building prior to firefighters' arrival. First responders arrived to see heavy smoke and flames coming from the building, and they knocked down the fire.

"The whole building's a complete loss," Dwire said. Representatives of the American Red Cross were on scene helping the displaced residents.

Units from the Old Lyme, Goshen and Old Saybrook fire departments also assisted.

Dwire said he doesn't know the cause of the fire, which is under investigation by the East Lyme Fire Marshal's Office.

e.moser@theday.com

Editor's Note: This version corrects the street number of the fire.

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