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6-year-old girl killed in house fire in Plainfield

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A 6-year-old girl was killed in a house fire in Plainfield late Wednesday night. (WFSB photo) A 6-year-old girl was killed in a house fire in Plainfield late Wednesday night. (WFSB photo)
The Lawyea family. (Habitat for Humanity photo) The Lawyea family. (Habitat for Humanity photo)

A 6-year-old girl was killed in a late night house fire in Plainfield, according to police.

Plainfield Fire Marshal Paul Yellen said it broke out at 10 Windsor Ave. just before 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Yellen said that the home was a Habitat for Humanity home that had been built 3 months ago.

The family who lived in the home was identified as the Lawyea family by First Selectman Paul Sweet.

Sweet told Eyewitness News that the town and Habitat for Humanity will establish a fund where people can donate to help the family.

Since the victim was a first grader, school officials said grief counselors will be on hand. They said her classmates are doing well.

When crews arrived, they said they found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Police arrived first and said they were able to get one 18-month-old child and a woman out of the home through a window.

The child was treated and released from the hospital. The woman was flown to a hospital in Providence, RI due to her extensive burns and damage to her respiratory system.

A man was also rescued from the home. He was also brought to the hospital.

The 6-year-old girl was found dead inside, police said.

First responders from Plainfield, Moosup, Central Village, Atwood Hose, Canterbury Ambulance, Moosup, American Legion Ambulance and American Ambulance all responded to the scene.  

The fire was taxing on first responders. Yellen said they will be afforded counseling.

Two police officers who raced in the house several times suffered smoke inhalation, and their uniforms and vests were melted from the extreme heat.

A state police fire and explosion investigation unit, along with the fire marshal and Plainfield Police Department were said to be conducting an on-going investigation into the cause.

The cause is not believed to be suspicious.

Windsor Avenue was blocked off to traffic for the investigation.

While the official identities of the victim and her family have not been released by investigators, Habitat for Humanity executive director provided Eyewitness News with a statement.

"We first and foremost are thinking of the family, keeping them in our thoughts and prayers, we ask the community do this as well. We are coordinating with local officials as they go through the investigation. We do not have any more information to share at this time. Out of respect for family privacy, we ask that the extended community please pray for them," said Terri O'Rourke, executive director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut.

Anyone looking to donate to the family can do so through the town of Plainfield.

Officials said people can make checks out to the "Town of Plainfield" and note the fire victims donation.

They can be sent to:

Town of Plainfield
Fire victims Fund
Plainfield Town Hall
8 Community Ave.
Plainfield, CT 06374

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