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4 families displaced, 4 firefighters injured in Norwich fire

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Norwich — Four firefighters were injured when a fire severely damaged a multifamily home, displacing four families in Norwich on Monday night, according to fire officials.

The fire broke out on the porch of the four-family home at 57 Prospect St. about 4:15 p.m. and quickly spread through the home and up to the attic due to extreme winds, according to the Norwich Fire Department.

Engine 2 arrived at the scene three minutes after receiving the call and stretched a line into the building. The fire was brought under control by 6:11 p.m., according to the fire department.

All residents escaped the home safely and two cats were rescued, the department said.

Four firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze. Three suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration and another sustained injuries to his back and ankle. They were all treated at Backus Hospital and then released, Norwich fire Chief Keith Wucik said.

The home suffered "significant damage" on the third floor and was deemed uninhabitable, the department said.

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