Crews Battle 2-Alarm Fire in Willimantic

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    Crews from several departments responded to a fire on Jackson Street in Willimantic on Thursday.

    Crews from several departments battled a two-alarm fire at a four-family home in Willimantic this morning.

    No injuries were reported, but the fire caused significant damage to the second and third floors, according to police. Flames broke out at the home on Jackson Street around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

    Matt Vertefeuille, spokesperson for the town of Windham, said the fire was knocked down 15-20 minutes after crews arrived on scene.

    "These types of old structures are kind of scary to fight the fire because of the proximity to the neighboring houses," Vertefeuille explained. "It's only 10 feet from a neighboring house, and with a breeze today, things can happen fast."

    Authorities said the home is not a total loss, but residents would not be returning tonight.

    The Red Cross is helping five adults and two children who live at the home and has provided the families with emergency housing, food and clothing.

    Firefighters from Coventry, South Windham, Windham Center, North Windham, UConn, Mansfield and Columbia provided mutual aid.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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