Two people were injured and five families were forced from their homes after a fire ripped though a retirement community in Southbury.
According to fire officials, crews were called to the scene near 447 Winship Dr. in the Heritage Village complex around 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The complex, which is a 55 and up community, has about 2,500 units and 3,000 to 4,000 residents.
When firefighters arrived, they said they found residents already outside of the units.
Bob Poissonnier said he was asleep when the fire broke out.
"All of a sudden somebody started banging on the windows of my bedroom, and I left with my billfold and that's it," he said.
While little was salvaged, he said his glasses were found.
Firefighters said the blaze started in a middle unit.
"I got the call about 12:20 [a.m.] and it's just those kind of calls you just don't want to get," said Kevin Hellriegel, Heritage Village community manager. "And as soon as I snapped out of it, I just jumped up and ran over here. Fortunately, I'm only a few miles away and then getting here and seeing what was happening, [it's] horrible."
The cause of the fire and where it began are still under investigation by the fire marshal with assistance from the state police.
Forty five firefighters from departments in Middlebury, Woodbury, Sandy Hook, Roxbury and Oxford responded to help.
Officials said two people were transported to Waterbury Hospital for their injuries. They are expected to be ok. No firefighters sustained any injuries.
The five families displaced are being helped by the American Red Cross. They're staying at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury.
Residents told Eyewitness News that Heritage Village is a tight-knit community.
"It's a big place," said Marybeth Walkley, a Heritage Village resident. "But everybody, there's lots of activities, people pull together. It's a very nice place to live."
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