EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — A fire that apparently started in a tobacco barn spread and severely damaged several homes in an East Windsor trailer park this morning, leaving several families without a home.
The fire was reported around 1 a.m. by a police officer who spotted the flames and called in the fire department. For those who live in Red Hill Park it was quite the wake up call.
“I was watching TV and I could hear car doors slamming and people screaming and running up the street,” Bill Taylor said. “I thought it was a fight or something.”
He quickly realized it was much more than that. “And I looked out of my living room window and there was the barn totally on fire from the ground and the flames were shooting up from it.”
News 8 received video of the fire through Report It from a News 8 viewer. Officials say the fire broke out around 1 a.m. inside a tabacco shed off Main Street. You can see how close the flames were to the people who live next door.
From where the tobacco shed once stood, neighbors say it didn’t take much for these nearby mobile homes to start smoking and then completely go up in flames.
“It was pretty intense when we first got here,” Chief James Barton, Warehouse Point Fire Dept., said. “We just started out with large master streams and knocked the bulk of the fire down, and then used the hand streams to extinguish the rest of it inside the mobile homes.”
Everyone in those mobile homes got out safely and were helped by the American Red Cross.
“Our focus is always on meeting their emergency needs which is food, shelter and clothing,” Red Cross worker Ginny Brezza said.
The concern then turned to the propane tanks outside each mobile home.
“We came out, everyone was running around yelling, there are propane tanks,” Taylor said.
Fire crews cooled them down and then let them burn off.
Parts of Main Street and Elm Street were blocked off while firefighters put out the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.