About 30 New London area firefighters battled a house fire on Squire Street on Sunday night. An emergency call came in at about 7:30 p.m. to report flames and smoke overtaking a two-family home.
"The flames were pretty big. It was an eye-opener for everyone," said Dylon Talaba, who ran out of his home to find his neighbor's house burning up fast. "It was starting to simmer down a little bit but then it picked back up again."
Firefighters said they arrived to find large flames on the front porch of 89 and 91 Squire St. quickly climbing up into the attic. The six people who live at the home - including at least two children kids - got out safely, according to fire officials.
Fire crews attacked the flames from inside, but they could not stay long.
“We're met with heavy heat and fire conditions up there, so they had to back out for a while," said Chief Thomas Curcio, of the New London Fire Department.
The firefighters did eventually gain the upper hand and extinguished the flames by about 9 p.m.
The Red Cross is assisting the two families that live in the home. The fire marshal and the fire inspector were also at the scene, but the cause of the fire was still unknown, according to Chief Curcio.