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    Wednesday, December 06, 2023

    Late-night fire destroys Norwich barn

    Norwich — Multiple crews were battling a large barn fire at 195 Corning Road late into the frigid night and early morning.

    All city and multiple volunteer agencies responded to the fire, which broke out about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis farm, Norwich Fire Department Lt. Adam Griffin said. Preston and Mohegan Tribal firefighters also responded, according to an early Wednesday news release from the city fire department.

    Firefighters arrived on scene in less than five minutes and found the 100-by-300-foot barn fully involved with fire, the release said. The blaze was in an area with limited water supply, so volunteers were helping to bring in extra water, Griffin said.

    The cold weather also posed potential challenges, such as frozen water lines. Griffin said the fire crews were cycling out to make sure no one would be injured and that all members were going to stay as warm as possible.

    A member of the Davis family was able to remove animals from the barn but a calf died, the fire department said in the news release. No people were injured in the fire, the department said.

    The blaze was placed under control about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the release said. However, firefighters were expected to continue checking for hidden fire extensions through the night.

    The barn was ruled a complete loss. The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Wednesday evening, the fire department said.


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