NEW LONDON, Conn. — Five homes were damaged in a 3-alarm fire that broke out early Monday morning on Mott Avenue in New London.
The fire department was called to the home around 9:15 a.m. and it quickly escalated to a three-alarm fire. This meant that firefighters from adjacent towns responded to the home.
Fire officials said firefighters were met with extreme challenges including down power lines, radiant heat, and wind.
"Wind conditions were not in our favor. Blowing hot embers all over the neighborhood and the radiant heat started two other additional homes on fire next door," Chief Thomas Curcio said.
The home at 11 Mott Avenue was completely destroyed and later collapsed. Two adjacent homes sustained significant damage from the fire and heat.
The fire crews worked tirelessly to save those two houses. Two other homes in the near also sustained damage to their siding and windows.
"The homes are so close together and they are all older wooden cottages. Fortunately, the fire department came quickly and took care of everything but had they not it could have been really really disastrous for the area," said Beverly Picazio.
A total of five houses were involved or sustained damage during this fire.
One firefighter was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital with a leg injury. He was treated and released. No other injuries were reported and no one is reported as displaced as the three homes were seasonal.
"They were just getting ready to close them up for the winter," Curcio.
Eversource reported nearly 800 outages in the area as crews battled the blaze.
On the scene of the fire were the New London, Waterford, Submarine Base, Poquonnock Bridge, Norwich and Mohegan Tribe fire departments.
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