People told to evacuate homes in area of New London due to house fire

Fire damages waterfront neighborhood in New London
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 11:59 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 12:22 PM EST
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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) - People who live in an area of New London were told to evacuate homes on Monday morning because of a nearby house fire.

The fire broke out on Mott Avenue around 9:15 a.m.

The fire marshal reported that one home was destroyed and collapsed. Five others were damaged. Three of them were considered seasonal homes and were not occupied. The other two were year-round homes.

One firefighter suffered a knee injury, but is expected to be ok.

No other injuries were reported.

Investigators spent the day trying to figure out what sparked the massive fire.

“As soon as we came out of our house, we live down the road a little, heavy smoke coming from this neighborhood,” said Steve Martin of New London.

Martin said he was out walking his dog Rudy when he noticed the fire spreading along Mott Avenue.

“We saw the flames coming out of the roof of this house there, 10-12 foot flames, within minutes, went up to the second floor, through the roof, then the wind shifted and it caught the second house,” Martin said.

“We could not believe the flames were shooting up so high, the smoke and from that point on everyone came around, the fire trucks were all over the place,” said Beverly Pivazio of New London.

New London’s fire chief said crews were dispatched to the neighborhood around 9:15 a.m.

“The first arriving engine pulled up, they found a house fully involved already. Wind conditions were not in our favor, blowing hot embers all over the neighborhood,” said New London Fire Chief Thomas Curcio.

“These are all seasonal homes, they were just getting to board them up, close them up for the winter. There was nobody home at the time at the house that caught fire,” Curcio said.

The wind caused the fire to jump over to two other homes on Neptune Avenue behind the original fire scene.

The chief said those suffered some damage as well, but no one in those two homes will be displaced.

“They were coming 30 feet off the roof, and there’s another house behind, they knocked the door down to get the people out because they were afraid if the wind shifted,” said Martin. “I don’t know how it started, but pretty tragic.”

“I could not believe the flames were shooting up so high and everyone came around,” a neighbor told Channel 3. “The fire trucks were all over the place.”

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Fire damages several homes in New London
People who live in an area of New London were told to evacuate homes on Monday morning because of a nearby house fire.