Heat Creates Challenging Conditions for Firefighters at Middletown Duplex Fire

Part of duplex in Middletown is uninhabitable after a fire tore through it on Sunday afternoon.

First responders raced to the duplex on Saybrook Road around 3 p.m. and found flames shooting out.

"In the back, it was all lit up from the inside out," said Angel Dejesus of Middletown.

According to Chief Michael Howley of the South Fire District, the right side of the duplex, where the fire was found, appears to be a total loss. It is unclear if the other side of the duplex was damaged.

With temperatures in the 80's and a strong sun overhead, first responders had to deal with challenging conditions.

"I can just imagine what the firefighters are feeling, being inside with all the equipment and just trying to fight the fire," Tanetra Rodgers of Middletown said.

Firefighters called for mutual aid from around the area to help make sure crews did not become exhausted.

"It's a very hot day. We're trying to rotate people through, keep them hydrated and keep everybody safe," Chief Howley said.

All firefighters who fought the fire are reported to be okay. In order to keep from getting dehydrated, the fire chief says he tells his crews to start drinking enough water the day before an expected hot day.

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