Ammunition explodes during house fire in Windsor Locks - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Ammunition explodes during house fire in Windsor Locks

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

State police are investigating after a fire forced two brothers and their sister out of their home in Windsor Locks Thursday morning. 

To make matters worse, ammunition inside the home on South Main Street exploded as fire crews arrived.

One firefighter described it like fireworks going off on the Fourth of July: one loud explosion after the other once the live ammunition started going off.

"There is ammunition in the house, so we had to be very careful with what we were doing," said Windsor Locks Fire Department Fire Chief Gary Ruggiero.

Everyone escaped the home, and no injuries were reported. It took crews nearly an hour to get the fire under control, and the cause is still under investigation.

The fire quickly spread from the second floor up to the roof and into the home's walls, officials said.

Fire officials said they couldn't get into the home because of the live ammunition exploding, so they needed to fight the fire from the outside.

Fire crews from East Windsor, Enfield, Windsor and Bradley International Airport responded to assist with fighting the fire.

Throughout the day, neighbors greeted Joe Rivers, giving him hugs and handshakes while offering to help.

Joe Rivers told Eyewitness News that has lived in the house with his brother and sister since the 1960s.

According to Rivers, his brother's friend got up in the middle of the night and noticed a glow coming from the front porch.

The family was displaced by the fire and were being provided with emergency housing, food and clothing by the American Red Cross.

Eyewitness News has learned they don't have insurance and don't know how they'll rebuild. However, Rivers said he's lived in town most of his life and doesn't plan to leave now.

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