A family was left without a place to stay after a house fire on Glen Place in Meriden.
Officials said crews were called to the home just about 5:30 a.m. Friday to find smoke and flames coming from the home.
"I just went outside, I saw the flames shooting out and I just knew," said neighbor Michelle Mason.
Mason said she woke up when the sirens started wailing. She said the fire was so hot next door that she could feel it. Then she saw her neighbor outside.
"It was engulfed," she said. "I'm just so glad that everybody got out."
Eyewitness News spoke to the homeowner who said he was on his way to work when his wife called. He said she was home with two small children, ages 3 and 6, when the home caught fire.
"Nobody got hurt," said Meriden Fire Marshal Steve Trella. "They did the right thing, got the kids out of the house, called 911 immediately."
While the family got out safely, they lost their dog.
Trella said the fire looked like it originated in the laundry room. The homeowner said he believed the blaze began in the dryer, but fire investigators were still looking for the exact cause.
Investigators sent the washer and dryer to an expert for analysis.
The homeowner said his wife heard the smoke alarms and saw the fire. He also said the inside of the home was gutted and that his family may not be able to return.
Neighbors said the family was very well-liked and called the fire devastating.
"They're such good people, you know?" Mason said. "They're awesome, awesome people, and they don't deserve that."
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