3 houses burn, 2 a total loss in Milford fire


(WTNH/Josh Scheinblum)
(WTNH/Josh Scheinblum)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Six people cannot live in their homes Saturday after a large, three-house fire in Milford, officials say.

“It was just black smoke and it was even going just right over the ocean,” said neighbor, Maria Giaimo.

The fire department says the fire started at 74 Melba Street around 1:30 p.m. They say firefighters started an aggressive attack, but winds kept the fire intensity strong, and flames spread to neighboring houses.

“A wind like this being at the beach is always a problem, it spreads fast its hard to put out,” said Captain Greg Carman with the Milford Fire Department.

All three homes have been deemed uninhabitable. The houses at 74 and 70 Melba are considered total losses, with one partially collapsing, according to fire officials. They say the third home sustained extensive damage to one side and its roof, plus interior damage from heat, smoke, and water exposure.

Officials say no one was injured in the blaze, but one person was evaluated as a precaution.

About 2,000 people were without power while crews doused the flames. United Illuminating says the fire department requested power be shut off in the area, but electricity has since be restored.

All crews were cleared from the scene shortly before 5:40 Saturday evening.

The fire department had said an unsupervised candle caused the fire. Officials now say the cause has not been determined and the fire marshal is still investigating.

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