If all had gone according to plan, renovations on a storm-damaged East Haven home would have been finished in time for the owners to move back in this July.
But there was another devastating setback this morning when fire broke out, gutting much of the inside of the two-story house on Beach Avenue.
The area was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, then Super Storm Sandy. Like many residents, the owners of this house started rebuilding. This morning, they were too upset to speak on camera.
"(They are) very upset of course. You know, they’re pouring their heart into the rehabilitation here," Doug Jackson, chief of the East Haven Fire Department, said.
Both floors were damaged and Jackson said the fire melted the wiring and insulation.
The owners do plan to rebuild again and home to move back in this fall.
The cause of the fire is unknown.