Detectives were called to assist an investigation into a house fire in Lebanon Thursday morning.
Dispatchers said they received multiple emergency calls about a house fire at 71 Carriage Dr. around 1:30 a.m.
Upon arrival, firefighters said they found the home fully engulfed in flames.
They said there were two men inside the home at the time of the fire. Both were able to safely escape.
Neighbors said they feel bad for the residents.
"You know, they're young, purchasing a house, trying to establish themselves in a neighborhood," said Sherrilyn Flannery, a neighbor. "And to have something tragic like this happen, it's just awful."
"I couldn't believe it," said Jim Forrest, also a neighbor. "It was just like, 'wow, what's happening here?' Crazy."
Authorities said no residents or firefighters were hurt.
They said the fire appeared to have started at an outbuilding behind the house. It quickly spread.
"There was heavy fire involved with that structure," said Jay Schall, Lebnon Fire Department. "So for it to move and extend to the house is not out of the realm of possibilities."
Most of the damage is to the rear of the home. However, firefighters said the home was a total loss.
Half a dozen fire departments from surrounding areas were called to the scene to assist with firefighting efforts. Water had to be shuttled to the scene from Lake Williams, which is about a mile away. Firefighters estimated that they used 18,000 gallons of water to douse the flames.
Neighbors said they realize that's part of living in the country.
"You can't turn on a hose in your backyard and put the fire out," Flannery said. "The water has to come from somewhere."
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Lebanon fire marshal and Connecticut State Police were also called to scene.
"Just another set of eyes, a lot more resources than we can come up with at a town level," said Dan O'Hearn, Lebanon deputy fire marshal.
Dogs were also brought in to help investigators collect evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 860-465-5400.
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