SOUTHINGTON - A firefighter was injured early Tuesday while battling a house fire.
Firefighters were dispatched to 78 Fleetwood Road at about 12:43 a.m. on the report of a fire at a single-family, two-story home. A mother and her two children, ages 12 and 10, made it out of the home safely. Three cats were rescued by firefighters.
When firefighters arrived, the garage was engulfed in flames.
The fire began spreading to both floors of the home, and it also caused some melting to the siding of the home next door, which was fairly close, according to firefighters.
One firefighter, who was not identified Tuesday, injured his arm while battling the blaze after he fell through a wooden deck when the floor gave way. He was treated at an area hospital for what firefighters called a minor injury. He was released the same day and is expected to be able to return to duty.
The fire took about an hour to completely extinguish. The road was closed while crews worked to knock the flames down and was reopened shortly before 2 a.m.
Firefighters were able to salvage much of the home. However, the extensive damage in the affected area will displace the residents for several months.
The services of the American Red Cross were offered and rejected by the family.
In addition to the home, a Kia Sedona that was parked in the driveway sustained severe damage from the flames.
Fire Marshal Russ Wisner spent much of Tuesday morning investigating the remnants of the fire. As of late morning, the cause had not yet been determined, he said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.