Firefighters in Waterbury spent several hours Sunday night and Monday morning battling a suspicious fire at house on Bishop Street.
Emergency officials said they were called to the home around 11 p.m. Sunday when flames were seen shooting from the third floor and ripping up the roof.
"I looked out the window and all you saw was a glow," said Waterbury resident Gary Henry.
The fast moving flames forced fire crews to evacuate the home, fighting the fire from the outside.
Part of the roof and walls eventually collapsed because of the intense fire.
"It was really bad," said Karigna Santos, of Waterbury. "There was a lot of fire."
Behind the apartment sits a large construction Dumpster. Neighbors said while it had been vacant for years, crews had been in the process of renovating the building, saying workers had been coming and going, but suddenly stopped.
"Nobody lives there," Santos said. "They've tried to supposedly fix it. Did it for like a month and stopped. They just left it like that."
She spent the morning scraping ice off her car. Parked next to the burning building, she didn't have enough time to move it out of the way.
City records list the landlord with a New Haven address and show the building was bought in 2008.
Investigators told Eyewitness News they are investigating the cause of the fire.
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:43:16 GMT
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