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HVFCo: Country Walk House Fire

Submitted by Olivia Drake.

Three children and five pets survived a structure fire today, Monday, February 6, 2017 on Country Walk in Higganum.

At 10:30 a.m., Haddam Volunteer Fire Company and six mutual aid companies were dispatched to the two-story home. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered flames coming from the home’s front porch and first-floor roof.

The homeowner and her three children had already exited the home.

The fire is believed to be caused from a heater being too close to combustible material. The fire, which started on the front porch, rapidly spread to the home’s attic. Firefighters cut roof vents and removed knee-walls on the second floor.

Water was drafted from an underground tank on Pokorny Road and a pond on Bartman Road. Although most water was brought to the scene in Haddam Engine 1-13 and Tanker 2-13, additional water was supplied through 1,150 feet of 5-inch hose from tankers stationed at the end of Country Walk.

Firefighters rescued two cats from the home’s basement, and rescued two pet bunnies from the home. Another bunny named November, who was housed on the front porch, escaped his cage during the fire. He also was rescued and evaluated on scene by Haddam Firefighter/EMT Chet Crocco.

Mutual aid was provided by Middletown’s South District, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company, Chester Hose Company, Durham Volunteer Fire Department, Haddam Neck Volunteer Fire Department and East Haddam Fire Department. Deep River Fire Department provided station coverage.

Firefighters were on scene for about 3.5 hours.

2/6/17 — Edited to correct date.