Riding lawn mower sparked fire at Ellington home - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Riding lawn mower sparked fire at Ellington home

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Firefighters are investigating a fire on Wells Road in Ellington.  (WFSB) Firefighters are investigating a fire on Wells Road in Ellington. (WFSB)
ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A warm riding lawn mower sparked a fire at a home in Ellington on Monday. 

The fire broke out at the home at 28 Wells Rd. around 12:15 p.m. on Monday after a riding lawn mower was parked underneath a deck attached to the home, while it was still hot.

Authorities said the fire spread from the garage to the home.

Wells Road was closed between Muddy Brook and Hamilton while crews battled the fire.

Ellington Superintendent of Schools Scott Nicol said "bus routes have been modified and parents of children living within the closed section have been notified." 

There were no reported injuries however a family cat passed away.

The fire chief said there were firefighters inside the home when the roof collapsed, but fortunately none of them were injured. 

Crews said the home is a "total loss." 

The fire marshal was called to scene. 

Some of the same investigators looking into this fire dealt with two other nearby fires on Sunday.

Late Sunday night, firefighters battled a mobile home fire that killed one person in East Windsor.

Police also believe an arsonist is responsible for multiple car fires that happened in Ellington early Sunday morning.  

Just one day earlier, in neighboring South Windsor, families had to be evacuated after a massive condo complex fire.  

Ellington Fire Chief Gary Feldman does not believe the fires are connected, and he’s just glad this most recent fire didn't end up with someone being hurt or killed.

To see pictures of the fire on your mobile device, click here. 

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