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Homeowner unaccounted for after Willimantic fire

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WINDHAM, CT (WFSB) -

Crews continue to investigate the cause of a fire that broke out at a home in the Willimantic section of Windham on Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the home on Manners Avenue early Monday morning for the reported two-alarm fire.

As of late Monday morning, the homeowner had not been located.

"At this point their looking at everything still trying to contact the homeowner and trying to come to a cause by the end of the day today," said Matt Vertefeuille, who is the public information officer for the town of Windham.

Multiple fire departments responded and officials said more than half of the roof collapsed.

"I saw the flames coming up through the roof," said neighbor Felix Ayala.

After calling 9-1-1, Nickie Ortiz captured the intense flames coming from his neighbor's home, not knowing if anyone was inside.

"It's so sad because it's a neighbor (of yours)," Ortiz said.

Late Monday morning, firefighters were struggling to get inside of the home because it was not safe.

Investigators are expected to remain on the scene all day on Monday.

An internet search shows the home is reportedly owned by a Robert O'Donnell. Eyewitness News discovered that the home is in foreclosure and O'Donnell was also allegedly set to be evicted at 8 a.m. on Monday morning.

Stay updated with Eyewitness News as more information becomes available.

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