Multiple fire departments from surrounding towns pitched in to extinguish a house fire at 79 Erdoni Road Thursday afternoon (Feb. 17).
Those responding included the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, Hebron Fire Department, Bolton Fire Department, Andover Fire Department and the Willimantic Fire Department.
Others providing assistance included the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association with an ambulance, Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department providing a tanker truck, Mansfield Fire Department providing a rapid intervention team (to assist firefighters in distress, if needed), and the North Windham Fire Department covering Columbia’s fire station, while Colchester provided an ambulance to cover Columbia’s station.
Firefighters were called to the scene around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, with the report of a structure fire. No injuries were reported.
Columbia Fire Chief Peter Starkel said upon arrival there was “real heavy fire conditions” and that the rear of the residence was “fully involved.”
He indicated the blaze started in the rear of the residence and had started to spread to the rest of the house – first and second floors.
Starkel said there was one resident home during the time of the fire, but she evacuated the residence upon discovering the fire.
“She did the right thing,” he said.
Starkel said two residents live at the house and were making alternative living arrangements Thursday.
“We made sure they had arrangements,” Starkel said, adding that the two were able to find a place to stay.
According to town records, the property is owned by John and Joanne Lowney.
A message seeking comment on the fire and cause was left for Columbia Fire Marshal Leslie Kittle.
“Everything went extremely well,” Starkel said, adding that firefighters in the department are “pretty aggressive” in attacking the fire. “They always do a great job.”
Starkel also discussed the number of fire departments on scene. “We all work very well together,” he said.
He added that firefighters cleared the scene around 7 p.m.