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Massive fire damages homes, nearby tobacco barn

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Authorities in East Windsor are still trying to figure out what caused a tobacco barn to catch fire early Friday morning and then spread to five mobile homes.

The fire was noticed by a police officer on patrol in the area of Elm Street just before 1 a.m., but, according to fire officials, it was too late.

"The barn went up so quick it got all the backsides of the homes and then they slowly started to catch on fire," said eyewitness Laurie Goodhue, who lives across the street from the damaged homes.

The fire heavily damaged a large tobacco barn and spread to at least five nearby mobile homes, which were also heavily damaged. Officials said everyone was able to get out of those homes. 

"When I got here the barn was fully involved, pretty much on the ground at that time," said Warehouse Point Fire Chief James Barton. "The trailers were just getting involved. We also had six propane tanks that service each trailer that were on fire at the time."

The flames from the fire stretched into the sky and could be seen for miles. 

Six other homes in the complex were evacuated as a precaution while crews battled the fire.

Officials said no one was injured in the fire yet eight people are displaced from their homes at this time, and the Red Cross is assisting them.

Several fire crews remained on scene Friday morning working to put out hot spots.

At this time, residents have been allowed to return back inside to salvage what they can.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Warehouse Point Fire Marshal and the East Windsor Police Department. The Connecticut State Police are assisting with the investigation, but an update on the cause is not expected until next week.

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