Stonington fire strikes while family is away

(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Smoke quickly filled the dead end street just north of Route 1.

“I could smell smoke coming down the wind toward my house. Heard the alarms,” says Seth Wakeman who is on the Quambaug Fire District Board.

He lives just down the road from where the fire broke out on L’Hirondelle Lane. He says the smoke and heat took its toll on some firefighters but there was even a bigger challenge.

“It’s about a half mile to the nearest hydrant,” says Wakeman.

Because of that Quambaug called for mutual aid and departments from Stonington, Mystic, Old Mystic, and even Rhode Island responded bringing in water and manpower.

The home at 14 L’Hirondelle Lane suffered significant damage.

“Right now it appears that at least half of the house is a total loss due to the fire,” says Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson. “The house was unoccupied.”

No one was hurt which is good news. But there’s plenty of bad news too. The home was bought by new owners just weeks ago. They hadn’t even moved in.

“The owners of the home are out of town right now in fact I hear they’re on vacation in Alaska,” says First Selectman Rob Simmons.

Hardship and heartache sparked by the noontime fire. Stonington police and the town fire marshal are investigating and they may focus on a tree next to the house which some say was the first thing to burn.

“We haven’t done a complete analysis but it appears that the fire may have started in a pile of mulch adjacent to the building,” says Simmons.

(WTNH / Tina Detelj)
(WTNH / Tina Detelj)
(WTNH / Tina Detelj)
(WTNH / Tina Detelj)
(WTNH / Tina Detelj)
(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

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