House Fire Displaces East Haddam Couple

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East Haddam Fire (Photo courtesy of Olivia Drake/Haddam Volunteer Fire Company / January 12, 2014))

EAST HADDAM — A fire heavily damaged a house on Long Pasture Lane Sunday night, a fire official said. No one was injured.

Firefighters rescued a cat from the burning house, said Fire Chief Shawn Daigle.

The house is not liveable, Daigle said; the attic is destroyed and the second floor has smoke and water damage.

“The whole attic space is burned up,” he said.

The two people who lived in the house are staying with relatives, Daigle said.

They had called 911 about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, saying there was heavy smoke on the second floor of 15 Long Pasture Lane. They had been able to get out of the house on their own, but the cat didn’t, he said.

Firefighters found it in the basement.

It took firefighters from more than a half-dozen towns about a half-hour to get the fire knocked down, he said. It was completely out within about 45 minutes.

Firefighters from Colchester, East Hampton, Haddam Neck, Haddam, Lyme and Salem helped fight the fire, Daigle said.

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of Monday afternoon.

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