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Fire Damages New London's Historic Lighthouse Inn

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Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after battling a fire at the historic Lighthouse Inn in New London Thursday afternoon.

The two-alarm fire started in the walls and moved up through the building, according to fire officials.

Two floors of the building suffered damage from fire, smoke and water, fire officials said. Firefighters were able to save the inn, they said.

The Lighthouse Inn was originally opened in 1902 and was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1996.

The inn said they're saddened by the events Thursday, but thankful for the outpouring of support and encouragement they've received.

It has been undergoing renovations for the past few years, according to New London's mayor.

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At least one of the firefighters hospitalized is believed to be suffering from heat exhaustion, according to Fire Chief Thomas Curcio.

The inn was scheduled to reopen to the public Sunday for Mother's Day, the mayor said.

It's unknown what caused the fire.

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