Families left without home after fire breaks out in Waterbury

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– A large fire woke up people living in a Waterbury neighborhood, early Tuesday morning.

Just after midnight, firefighters were called to 83/85 Robbins Street, between Colley Street and Grandview Avenue in downtown Waterbury.

“It was a big fire. It was a big, big fire,” said witness, Joy Wright.

Flames raged for 45 minutes before crews got it under control according to the Waterbury Fire Chief David Martin. He says just after midnight something sparked in the back of the house. It burned so hot siding started to melt on other buildings. Luckily, the 7 adults and 3 children who lived in the home ran out in time. Rain fell on investigators as they work to figure out what sparked it all.

Chief Martin said, “It’s under investigation right now. We actually have the State Fire Marshal here with accelerant sniffing dogs as well as our own Fire Marshal’s office. We’re just in the beginning stages of the investigation right now.”

It appeared to be a giant fire ball at the Waterbury three family home and now many are left without a home right in the middle of the holiday season. The good thing is at this point, it looks like no one was hurt.

Investigators will have to look into what sparked it as the fire remains under investigation.


The house stands charred now. Frank Antunes doesn’t live here now, but he had to come see it for himself.

“It’s hard to see. It hard to look at it knowing that you brought your family up here. My kids were all born here,” said Waterbury’s Frank Antunes.

Everyone thankful no one was hurt, but many are hurting for the family knowing they lost their belongings this time of year.

“Hopefully God willing somebody helps them out and they get back on their feet soon because nobody should have to go through this,” said Neighbor Richie Cole.

The American Red Cross is helping the three families impacted.

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