STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Two people were sent to the hospital following an early morning house fire Thursday.
Just before 7:30 a.m., Stonington police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire at 973 Pequot Trail. Police said the initial call reported an active fire with a person still inside the house, but a second call indicated that everyone had been evacuated.
Upon arrival, emergency responders located the occupants of the home, while firefighters extinguished the fire.
“I spoke to one of the firemen and he said there was one cardiac arrest unfortunately.” says neighbor Mark Guadliana.
“They think Daryl was in the kitchen. He might have been cooking,” says Dwayne Allen who grew up in the Stonington home. He says his brother Daryl and another family member were sent to the hospital. He went to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London where he says he saw his brother in the ICU.
“It sounded like it was really blazing fast because they were running through the house kicking on the doors and trying to get everybody out,” says Allen.
Three firefighters were also injured battling the stubborn blaze.
“The injuries for the firefighters I was told was a neck sprain, a shoulder sprain, and then a hip. The person said his hip was hurting him,” says Old Mystic Deputy Fire Chief Robert Sullivan.
He says the firefighters were hurt while outside the house.
“We use two and a half inch lines,” says the Deputy Chief. “Pulling the hose lines with the water, the dirt, and stuff so mostly strains.”
But he says it could have been worse. Fortunately firefighters had left the building once they realized the floor could collapse.
“Lot safer being outside then the unknown of the inside,” says Deputy Chief Sullivan.
By mid afternoon the home which was deemed unsafe was completely torn down. Moments before that family members were allowed in one last time to remove what they could safely.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.