Hampton home destroyed in early morning fire - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hampton home destroyed in early morning fire

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HAMPTON, CT (WFSB) -

A home in Hampton was completely destroyed after a fire early Wednesday morning.

Official said fighting a fire at any time of the year out in the country is difficult, but with feet of snow covering the ground, fighting this fire was much more difficult.

"We're on a small back road and a tanker truck that can only go in one direction because of the limited sides of the road because of the snow," said Hampton Fire Chief Richard Schenk.

The fire broke out in the basement of the 3,000 square foot home shortly after midnight and quickly spread to the rest of the home.

When Hampton fire crews arrived, the said the home was engulfed in flames.

"We were unable to access the building," Schenk said. "We tried the first floor, and also had difficulty accessing it from the heat and smoke. The icy conditions on the road gave us trouble with the water supply."

Thankfully, officials said two people inside the home heard the smoke alarm and were both able to escape without injury.

Fire trucks from all over the area responded, and like a relay, filled their tanks, lined up and dropped the water before making the two mile trek back to the water supply to fill up again.

At one point, fire crews said, the fire reignited and caused even more damage and the roof to collapse.

The home is a total loss.

The American Red Cross is assisting the two adults displaced by the fire with emergency food, clothing and household needs.

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