A family of five is safe after escaping their Plainville home as fire consumed it Wednesday morning by climbing out a bedroom window.
Firefighters were they called to the single-family house at 33 Hardwood Road just before 4 a.m. and found flames coming from the roof and windows.
The mother, father and three young boys, who are all under the age of 10, escaped through a bedroom window, according to Fire Chief Kevin Toner.
Their bearded dragon survived the fire, but two dogs and three cats did not make it out of the fire.
Pam Whitman, a neighbor, said she opened her shade around 4:30 a.m. when she heard cracking and banging and saw “a wall of flames.”
“(S)o scary. I’ve had a house that burned down before and it’s so devastating. It’s just horrible. You don’t have anything,” Whitman added.
The Farmington Fire Department was called in as mutual aid for fire station coverage.
The cause of the fire that heavily damaged the house is under investigation.