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South Main Street Home Uninhabitable After Saturday Night Fire

West Hartford Fire Department crews battle a fire on the second floor of a home on South Main Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford firefighters responded to a report of heavy fire at a single-family home on South Main Street Saturday night.

West Hartford Fire Department and Police arrive at the scene of a fire on the second floor of a home on South Main Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

A West Hartford home sustained significant damage from a fire Saturday night but no one was injured, West Hartford Fire Chief Greg Priest said.

The blaze, at a single-family Cape at 360 South Main Street, at the corner of Boswell Road, was reported by multiple nearby residents and people driving by. The first call was received at 8:06 p.m., Priest said.

The West Hartford Fire Department, West Hartford Police Department, and American Medical Response all responded to the fire, said Priest. Police arrived first, reporting visible fire coming from the second floor, and Battalion Chief Eric Munsell called for additional resources that quickly arrived on the scene.

The first fire units arrived at 8:11, Priest said.

A couple who were driving by on South Main Street told We-Ha.com that they saw flames coming from the home and called 911, and Priest said multiple 911 calls reported visible fire, and also informed dispatchers that occupants had safely evacuated.

West Hartford Fire Department crews battle a fire on the second floor of a home on South Main Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A witness at the scene said there had been two people in the house, but that number could not be confirmed.

Fire crews immediately began to extinguish the fire from the exterior and at the same time search the interior to ensure there were no additional occupants.

According to Priest, the bulk of the fire was knocked down by 8:20 p.m., and it was completely under control by 8:49 p.m.

Eversource, the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) responded to the scene along with all on-duty West Hartford fire companies. New Britain and Farmington fire departments covered the town while West Hartford units were committed, Priest said.

The residence is uninhabitable, and Priest said assistance has been offered to the occupants.

The West Hartford Fire Marshal’s Office and West Hartford Police Department are investigating the cause of the fire.

West Hartford Fire Department crews battle a fire on the second floor of a home on South Main Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Fire Department crews battle a fire on the second floor of a home on South Main Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Fire Department crews battle a fire on the second floor of a home on South Main Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Fire Department crews battle a fire on the second floor of a home on South Main Street. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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