Three families have been displaced after an overnight fire at a multi-family home in the Rockville section of Vernon.
The fire broke out just before midnight at the home on Cedar Street.
The fire chief tells Eyewitness News they believe all the residents got out safely. Firefighters were able to rescue and resuscitate a dog from inside the home, but neighbors said several cats were unaccounted for.
"My daughter got two drawers of clothes. Me and my husband, our clothes are gone," Jamie Rogers, who lived at the home for the past four years, said. "But I found my two cats that were trapped in the basement, so that's like a blessing."
One firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion. The chief said the combination of the fire and the humidity put a strain on the crews.
The fire is believed to have started on the side of the residence. The flames quickly climbed up to the second and third floor before extending into the roof.
"The flames, they'd get them out and they'd keep going back up," Rogers said.
"My husband heard popping noises. Our bathroom is right over there," Rogers said. "He went into the bathroom, the window had busted out and the flames were going right up the house."
Five adults and one child have been displaced because of the fire. Officials with the American Red Cross are assisting those six people on Monday to address their needs.
The fire marshal continues to try and determine the cause of the blaze.
"Of course that's part of the investigation to determine if there were lightning strikes in the area of weather-related conditions," Vernon Fire Chief William Call said.
Frank Penta has owned the home for 40 years. He just finished fixing the second floor and now all his work is gone.
Penta said he suspects an old couch along the outside of the house might have something to do with it.
"That couch. I believe it started over there," Penta said. "I think it was a storm. We can't find anything that would disagree with that. I hope it wasn't one of my tenants who did something stupid."
Several fire departments from surrounding towns, including Ellington, Manchester, Bolton and Tolland were called in to assist with fighting the blaze.
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