Cats and turtle rescued from multi-family house fire

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TORRINGTON – Several cats and a turtle were rescued as firefighters battled a porch fire at a multi-family home that spread inside two of the units Thursday night, according to firefighters.

It was shortly after 6 p.m. when crews were dispatched to Block 100 of Wall Street for a fire on the second-story porch of the multi-family home, Deputy Fire Chief David Tripp Jr. said.

Battalion Commander Thomas E. Sterling Jr. was one of the responding units and reported a 2.5 story multi-occupancy wood-frame dwelling with a fire on the porch on the second floor.


When Sterling arrived at the scene, he reported that people were still coming out of the house with flames “spreading rapidly” into the living spaces on the second and third floors, Tripp said.

Additional crews were called in from the Torringford and Drakeville Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as staff on leave, to help cover the town as units worked on the structure fire on Wall Street.

Tripp said the porch fire was quickly put out, as crews attacked the interior flames that spread inside the porch. It took about seven minutes for these fires to be brought under control.

Several cats and a turtle were rescued from the first floor unharmed by firefighters and the tenant as they left, Tripp said.

He said it took firefighters about 45 minutes in total to complete overhaul the fires inside to make sure they did not reignite. No injuries were reported by firefighters or civilians.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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