Fire Heavily Damages Wallingford Home

A home in Wallingford is heavily damaged after fire ripped through it Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were called to Twin Oak Farm Road around 8:30 a.m. after getting a report of fire on the exterior wall of a home.

As crews were heading to the home, firefighters said they could see a header, also known as a smoke column in the sky, coming from the home.

When crews arrived, fire officials said they reported heavily involved fire at a Cape Cod-style home with an attached two-car garage.

According to fire officials, they initially got reports of people inside the home, however, the severity of the fire did not allow anyone to do an interior search. There were also explosions coming from the home.

“We had initial reports of occupants inside but the severity of the fire did not allow us to make an interior search. We went defensive. We had three lines in operation. We had explosions coming from the building. We had a serious issue going on so we had to get a serious amount of water onto to the fire," said Wallingford Deputy Fire Chief Joe Czentnar.

Officials later said a family member who lives next door confirmed there was nobody in the home. There may be animals that were in there though, the family members added.

"The house when we got here was heavily involved. There's not much left of the house at this time," Czentnar added.

Twenty firefighters from Wallingford responded and mutual aid from Meriden was also called in.

The fire marshal's office and detectives from the police department are investigating the fire.

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