Fire Destroys House for Sale in Bethany

A Tuesday morning fire destroyed a vacant house in Bethany that was for sale.

A neighbor reported the blaze at 28 Northrop Road around 2:30 a.m. after seeing smoke and heavy fire and firefighters arrived to find the house engulfed and the roof that had already caved in. 

"I looked out my window and saw just like a giant torch with a house inside it," Tommy Goodwin, of Bethany, said. 

Crews brought water in with tanker trucks and got the fire under control in about 90 minutes, but the house, which is on the market, was destroyed and is a total loss, officials said.

All that remains now is the slab, a chimney and the "For Sale" sign out front.

Bethany Deputy Fire Chief Richard Cogill said there was no chance the house could have been saved because it had already burned so badly by the time firefighters arrived.

"Saw smoke and fire coming from this residence. On arrival the house was fully involved. Wasn't much we could do to save it. It's just sad someone lost a home," Cogill said. 

No one was in the home at the time of the fire as no one currently lives there. 

Prospect and Woodbridge firefighters responded to provide mutual aid to Bethany fire crews. Cold weather didn't affect how firefighters fought the blaze or how the fire started, officials said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the state fire marshal is responding to investigate. 

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call authorities.

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