OXFORD -Three people died Saturday night after a fire destroyed a home on the 60 block of O’Neil Street.
Terrified neighbors woke up screaming after a loud noise led them to find their neighbor’s home engulfed in flames.
Dozens of phone calls were made to fire officials asking for help.
Jenn Babb and her husband were among the many residents that rushed outside to see the fiery glow.
Babb said, “We kept hearing this booming sound, and my husband was like we need to go out there.”
Other neighbors we spoke to say they were sad to learn the family didn’t make it, but they say the family was loved by the community.
Babb said, “I’ve never seen this before… ever, so it was just terrible and I was just really worried about, I don’t know the people that live there, but I was worried about the people inside and then the firemen were coming and the volunteers were coming and they all got their coats on they were running towards the fire and I was just hoping the family would be okay.”
The area around the home has been tapped off for safety. Officials say the home is at a total loss and the only thing left standing is the chimney.
George Temple is the 1st selectman in Oxford, he said, “Try to get a positive out of even the worst things maybe this gives us an opportunity to examine what we are doing at home with clutter, fire alarms, you know storing flammable material.”
Kash Cochrane another neighbor echoed the importance of a safety plan in case of a fire.
Cochrane said, “If you’re using any type of alternate heating sources such as propane or pellets make sure all your appliances are up to par.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Oxford police and fire marshal are over the investigation.
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