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Family displaced after house fire in East Granby

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A home in East Granby was engulfed in flames on Monday morning. (WFSB) A home in East Granby was engulfed in flames on Monday morning. (WFSB)
Firefighters battle house fire in East Granby. (Chris House) Firefighters battle house fire in East Granby. (Chris House)
EAST GRANBY, CT (WFSB) -

One family was displaced after a fire at their home in East Granby on Monday morning.

The fire was reported at 111 South Main St. around 10:45 a.m. Upon arrival, flames were shooting out of the roof and dark smoke was billowing into the air.

Firefighters were forced to battle the fire from the outside of the home. 

"I pulled over to the side of the road and the house was just engulfed in flames. It was coming through the roof," Jessica Price, of Windsor Locks, said. "It was just so bad."

Route 187, which is also known as South Main Street, was closed between Trevor Lane and Higley Village Road. 

As of 4:15 p.m., Route 187 remained closed to traffic. 

Tankers from multiple other towns were requested to help after an emergency call was received from a neighbor. 

Firefighters' efforts were hindered by Monday's nasty weather. They said they had to deal with the slick and slippery roads as well as slow travel times.

Also, with no hydrants in the area, firefighters said getting water to the scene was a major issue. 

"They've called in a tanker strike team," East Granby Fire Marshal Kenneth Beliveau said. "[We] got 6 tankers operating from throughout the area bringing in the water supply that we need for this operation."

No one was home when the fire started, but the homeowner, a local attorney was emotional as he watched his nearly 5,000 square foot house go up in flames.

Neighbors said they were keeping the family in their thoughts and prayers.

"To lose everything like that I mean looking at that house in that time," Price said. "I just knew there was nothing left."

Fire officials were still investigating the cause, but said the fire doesn't appear suspicious.

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