Fire Damages Apartment in Vernon

An apartment on Franklin Park East in Vernon is damaged after a fire early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters say they were called to a fire at the home at 33 Franklin Park East around 2:30 a.m.

When firefighter arrived, they say there was heavy fire coming from the property. Neighbors reported hearing popping noises and said they thought it was fireworks, but fire officials said it does not appear fireworks were involved in the fire. They're told the noise actually came from really small propane tanks that were in a shed that was up against the apartment.

Firefighters worked to contain heavy fire on the outside of the apartment, but it eventually spread to the attic. Firefighters from Bolton, Ellington and Tolland County 911 were called to help fight the fire.

"It was a pretty routine fire. We did call all stations in because the heat and humidity today made it a very muggy night and we had mutual aid cover our firehouses while we were on scene here," said Vernon Fire Chief Steven Eppler.

The man who lived inside the apartment was able to escape without any injuries. Officials say he will be displaced as repairs are made to his apartment.

The fire marshal is working to determine the cause of the fire.

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