A house in Terryville was seriously damaged by a fire Friday afternoon, and could be demolished.
Firefighters were called to a multi-family home at 74 Harwinton Ave. around 1 p.m. after a neighbor saw the flames and alerted authorities.
"By the time the fire department got here, there were flames and smoke coming out the front and back door," said neighbor Sylvia Kelly.
There was extensive damage to the first floor of the home, and smoke was seen billowing out of the roof of the residence when firefighters arrived.
The Terryville Fire Department had assistance from neighboring Harwinton, Thomaston and Bristol in this stubborn blaze it caused 15 firefighters to be treated at the scene for heat related issues.
No one, who lived in the home, was seriously injured, nor were any firefighters.
Firefighters used axes and chainsaws to contain the flames.
Neighbors said the home was built in the early 1800s, and has been part of the family's lives for about a half century.
"It has a lot of add ons and remodels, so the fire's in all kinds of nooks and crannies," said Terryville Fire Department Chief Mark Sekorski.
The home will probably have to be torn down, according to fire officials.
"It's sad for the family to lose all that," Kelly said.
The fire appears to have started in the back porch area, but the cause of it remains under investigation, according to Sekorski.
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