1 pet dead, 16 displaced following large condo fire in East Haven

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire crews battled a large fire reported at a condo complex at 75 Redwood Dr. in East Haven on Sunday.

According to footage sent to News 8 from an eyewitness, the first and second floors in part of the condo are engulfed in flames.

News 8 crews observed the smoke cloud from the fire on the highway in New Haven.

East Haven Fire Chief Matthew Marcarelli said the fire started around 1:30 p.m. and mutual aid from surrounding towns to help knock down the heavy flames at the back of the building.

Fire Chief Marcarelli said it was police who first spotted the fire and reported it before any 911 calls came in.

Chief Matthew Marcarelli explained, “There is extensive damage to at least four units, possibly four additional units. There was also an extension to the structure that’s behind you, even though that was contained to a small area and a brush fire you can see to your left.”

A resident of the complex Kathleen Cancel told News 8, “When I drove up here and saw everything; it’s terrible…They lost, I’m sure, a great number of things…Our community can reach out and help with anything they need.”

All occupants made it out safely. One pet has, unfortunately, died as a result of the fire. Sixteen occupants have been displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

East Haven fire, North Branford’s fire marshal, and Connecticut State Police worked to determine the cause of the fire. East Haven fire reported Monday, the cause of the fire was “careless disposal of smoking materials.”

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