Son smells smoke, alerts parents as fire tears through Mansfield - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Son smells smoke, alerts parents as fire tears through Mansfield home

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Firefighters from four different departments were able to extinguish a fast moving house fire early Thursday morning.  

According to officials, crews were called to the scene at 163 Highland Rd. shortly after 4 a.m. Mutual aid was called and departments responded with tankers. 

When firefighters arrived, they said there was heavy fire to the porch area. It quickly spread to the attic and then compromised the whole house.

"Crews immediately went on an offensive attack but had to pull back because of the fire load," said Deputy Chief William Jordan, Mansfield Fire Department.

The closest hydrant was reportedly on Route 32, more than a mile away.

The homeowner told Eyewitness News that his teenage son woke up and saw the fire. The family of four, including their dog, was able to get out safely.

He said they're all safe, but can't believe how fast the fire spread.

Shortly after 7 a.m., firefighters continued to look for hot spots.

"It's horrible," said Alicia Gosselin, a neighbor. "I feel bad for the McMahon family. To wake up to something like that is just tragic."

Neighbors said they hope the family will rebuild.

"Maybe we can help them out somehow you know, the neighbors, whatever they need," Gosselin said.

Even though they believe the fire started in the porch area, it was several hours before investigators could being working. The state fire marshal's office was called in to help.

The cause remains under investigation. 

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