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Norwich crews battle 3 alarm fire

The fire started outside the building and spread to the attic.

NORWICH, Conn. — Firefighters were called out to battle a blaze that damaged a three story apartment building in Norwich Sunday morning.

Emergency crews were called to 51 14th Street around 5:11 a.m. Officials said the fire started outside the building and spread inside to the attic. 

Crews performed a search for people in the building including one person who was said to be missing but later found safe outside. Firefighters were able to rescue several cats and a bird from the building. 

When the roof started to collapse, firefighters were forced out and took up a defensive position. 

Firefighters have put out the bulk of the fire two hours later.

One firefighter suffered a minor hand injury and was treated on scene. No civilian injuries were reported. The Red Cross is assisting 12 adults and nine children.

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The fire is under investigation by the Norwich Fire Marshals office with assistance from the Norwich Police Department.  

Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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