Two firefighters injured in Colchester house fire

COLCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)– Two firefighters were injured in a second alarm fire at a Colchester home Tuesday morning.

Fire officials say crews responded to the two alarm fire at the home at 428 Lebanon Avenue, just after 4:30 a.m. The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes.

The two adults and two children who lived in the home were evacuated safely and not injured. However, one firefighter was treated and released from Marlborough Hospital for a separated shoulder. Another firefighter also suffered a back injury but was not hospitalized.

Upon arrival, firefighters say they saw flames coming out of two windows. Because the house is in a non-hydrant area of the town, the second alarm was transmitted for water. East Hampton, Marlborough, Salem and Lebanon crews were all called in for water supply. Fire crews say they remained on scene for a while because there was quite a bit of overhaul to ensure that there was no extension.

The home was heavily damaged by the flames and is no longer inhabitable. Fire officials say that this was a case where a smoke detector saved lives because it alerted the residents to the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fire Marshal. Lebanon Avenue was closed for the incident but has since reopened.

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