Man crashes car into home, ruptures gas line, starts fire

House up in flames in Westbrook on Boston Post Road.

WESTBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)– An Old Saybrook man is facing several charges after creating quite a scene early Sunday morning in Westbrook. All of this after his car crashed into a home.

A portion of Route 1 had been closed in Westbrook around 4:30 Sunday morning so crews could extinguish the flames that erupted at the home.

It all started with a man behind the wheel of a car. Police say 23-year-old Rodrigo Sousa of Old Saybrook veered off the road. His car then crashed into the house and ruptured a gas line which started the fire.

“The car was fully involved. Flames were going up the side of the house and into the attack. We have saved the structure. It’s still standing. we were able to put the fire out,” said Chief Mike Jenkins, Westbrook Police Department.

But it was no easy task. That ruptured gas line kept throwing flames until the utility company arrived to shut it off. The car was completed charred.

“Driver was not in the vehicle when we arrived. He was walking around on scene,” said Jenkins.

A neighbor captured a video shortly after the crash and shared it with News 8. In it you can see Sousa going through a sobriety test. He was then arrested.

As this was happening, firefighters were trying to deal with the cold temperatures and all the freezing water.

“Right now route 1 where we are working is right now solid ice. We do have DOT on standby waiting to come out and sand,” said Jenkins, early Sunday morning.

The home that was hit along Boston Post Road was vacant, no one lived there. Despite the severity of it all, no one was injured.

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