One unaccounted for in Meriden fire

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Huge flames engulfed a home in Meriden early Thanksgiving morning.

According to the Meriden Fire Department, It was a battle that lasted a couple of hours for Meriden firefighters. It happened at 161 Carpenter Avenue.

The fire was second alarm in a two and a half story dwelling. That home is a total loss.

News 8 spoke with a neighbor, who ran to that house to try to get the elderly man who lives there out. Bryan Viger ran towards the danger to see if his neighbor was okay. He called 911 and alerted the authorities to this huge fire on this Thanksgiving morning.

“The front side of the house was engulfed in flames,” Viger said. “I went around the back to see what I could do – broke a window out. It was too much, too much heat and flames coming out.”

He is keeping his neighbor in his thoughts and prayers. At the filing of this report, that neighbor is unaccounted for — that’s the word from the authorities.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Viger said.

Additionally, crews told News 8 that water had to be brought in to help fight the fire. That and the cold temperatures resulted in part of East Main Street freezing so drivers were urged to be careful. Carpenter Avenue was also closed for hours as crews battled the flames and contained hotspots.

There is no word yet on injuries and no other details were not given.

The cause of the fire is also unknown.

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