Fire rips through Portland home

PORTLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire gutted a Portland home Wednesday afternoon.

Fire officials say the blaze at 33 Belle Vista Heights broke out shortly after 2 p.m. A woman who was home smelled something and went outside to see flames climbing up the back of the house.

Powerful winds then rapidly spread the fire, engulfing the whole house. Forty firefighters responded to the scene.

The cause is under investigation but officials say it may have been electrical.

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