Fire destroys large home in Suffield

Fire destroyed a home on Poole Road in Suffield, July 11, 2014.

SUFFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire investigators in Suffield are trying to find out what started a fire that destroyed a home overnight.

All that remains of the 5,800 square foot home is the front facade. Everything else is charred and destroyed.

“The first engine saw heavy fire coming from the a and b side of the building, which is the front side,” Chief Chuck Flynn, Suffield Fire Dept., said. “My officer took a walk around and the backside of the building was fully engulfed.”

The fire broke out shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the home which sits just off of Poole Road. Officials say four people were home at the time. All got out safely. One person was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but they have already been released.

It took more than an hour to extinguish the flames. One of the obstacles fire crews had to face was networking this water line in order to put out the flames.

“The home itself is 500 feet from the road,” Flynn said. “To get to a water source it’s another 1,300 feet. So we were about 1,800 feet from a water supply so that took some of the time.”

Crews from surrounding areas, including Massachusetts, were called in to help fight the blaze. The state Fire Marshall’s office spent Friday morning sifting through debris and taking photos from the ground and up above with the help of a ladder truck.

The investigation into what sparked the fire is now underway.

“It’s a science,” Flynn said, “and these guys are some of the best in the are so they know what they’re doing.”

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