1 dead in Salisbury fire - WFSB 3 Connecticut

1 dead in Salisbury fire

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Connecticut State Police said one woman was killed in an early-morning house fire in Salisbury on Monday.

State police said they received word of the large fire in the Lakeville section of town just before 5 a.m., and when crews arrived at the scene of the fire on Upper Lane, they were met with heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure.

"I looked out the window and I could see a glow in the distance," neighbor Trudy Allyn said. "Then all of a sudden there were flames shooting up past the hill they lived on. It was definitely on fire."

The home belongs to local photographer Anne Day and her husband, Spencer Reiss, who used to write for Newsweek.

Day was forced to jump from a second-floor window to escape the flames, and Reiss was also able to escape the home. Officials said Day was brought to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained after jumping from the second floor.

Another woman, whom friends identified as the family's nanny, died in the fire.

Fire crews from 13 different fire departments were needed. Portable ponds capable of carrying 1,500 gallons of water and nearly a half-mile of fire hose were brought to the scene because there was no water close to the burning home.

"There were no hydrants up in the area," Public Information Officer Jon Barbagallo said. "The fill station to the actual scene is over 2,500 feet, so they have to pump water up the hill, through a hose."

The home was destroyed by the fire.

No other information has been released.

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