One dead in house fire in Norwich, 7 residents left homeless

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NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwich Fire Department along with other aid departments responded to a 2nd alarm structure fire Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to a home on Bentley Avenue around 4 p.m. The fire was under control around 5:10 p.m., but the scene was still too dangerous to investigate closely.

The City of Norwich Fire Department along with mutual aid departments are operating a 2nd Alarm Structure Fire in the Laurel Hill Section of the City. The fire was placed under control moments ago.

Posted by Norwich Firefighters Local 892 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

According to Norwich Police, there were eight people inside the two-family home; one death was reported on scene. The identity of the individual has not yet been released. Crews were able to rescue a pet on the third floor.

Officials believe the fire started on the first floor and worked its way up. A cause has not been determined.

A GoFundMe page was created Wednesday night by a family friend to help the surviving family members of the fire rebuild their lives.

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