Investigators work to determine cause of Old Saybrook beach fire

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OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Two homes were destroyed and two others were damaged during a fire in Old Saybrook.

On Monday, investigators met to try to figure out what caused the devastating fire.

It all happened late afternoon on Friday. One of these huge homes along the shoreline at Chalker Beach caught fire.

Related: 2 homes burned to the ground, 2 damaged in Old Saybrook beach fire

That spread to the house next door and then the two houses on either side of them also suffered damage. The two houses in the middle though they were completely destroyed.

“I saw this massive black sky and thought tornado,” said Chalker Beach resident Tom Campbell. “But I looked out and it was moving too much.”

Campbell was working from home Friday when the fire broke out.

“I opened the front door, and I could actually hear the flames crackling,” said Campbell.

He lives a block away and when he got down to the fire, one house was in flames and minutes later the second one caught fire.

Firefighters had a challenge putting it out because the high winds fanned the flames and there was low water pressure from the hydrants nearby. So a fire boat also came in to try to attack the flames from the water.

“I saw the huge pipe or hose that they ran all the way from Route 1,” Campbell explained. “The entire length of Chalker Beach Road all the way down to the scene. Yeah, they had to pump in the water from all the way out there. Yeah, there’s no pressure down here.”

Fortunately, no one was injured in the destructive fire.

“I know the girl had gotten home from school and within a half-hour, she called 911 and said ‘there’s smoke in my house I think it’s on fire,’ and immediately she got out with the dogs,” Campbell explained.

However, Campbell said it was saddening to see such beautiful homes destroyed.

“The two gorgeous ones are gone,” said Campbell.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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