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Blaze destroys Conn. firefighter’s house

Lost Acres Fire Department members are hosting a fundraiser to support the firefighter, who escaped with his dogs

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By Christine Dempsey
The Middletown Press

GRANBY, Conn. — A firefighter’s house was destroyed in a blaze Tuesday morning, the fire chief said.

The firefighter was able to get out of the two-story house on his own with his dogs, but his three cats are missing, said Chief John Horr Jr. of the Lost Acres Fire Department.

He called in the fire at the house in the 50-block of Loomis Street about 10:50 a.m. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming out second-floor windows, and the resident was outside, putting on his firefighting gear with the intent of helping them battle the blaze, Horr said.

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“It was a very stubborn fire,” the chief said. “It got into the walls and then into the attic space.”

The snowy weather also made fighting the fire more challenging. Granby got about 10 inches of snow, and a nearby town that normally would have helped fight the fire got 18 inches and couldn’t get there to assist, Horr said.

It took 2 1/2 hours to get the fire under control so it wouldn’t spread, according to Horr.

The firefighter, whose name he didn’t release, will stay with family, Horr said. His wife has been away, providing long-term care for a relative, he said.

The town fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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