2-Alarm Fire Breaks Out at Multi-Family House in Meriden

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in a three-family house on Miller Street in Meriden and rescued a puppy.

The fire was reported around 5 a.m. Wednesday and crews found fire on all three floors and immediately called for a second alarm to bring in help from Berlin, Southington and Wallingford.

Officials said there is heavy damage to the second and third floors of the building and the first-floor sustained water and smoke damage. The intense fire also melted the siding of a residence next door.

All residents were able to make it out of the building, but it is unclear if anyone was injured. The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents.

Rosa Valle lives next door and the fire melted the siding on her house.

Mutual aid from surrounding towns was called to help.

Firefighters battled not only the fire, but also the heat and humidity, which makes their jobs even tougher.

“Anytime the humidity’s up it makes this job a lot tougher because you don’t shed the body heat that you usually do and just wearing the gear adds 10 to 12 degrees to your body temperature so, most of these guys are operating at full strength but it doesn’t take long for them to start to wear down,” Meriden Fire Chief Ken Morgan said.

Miller Street is closed between Center and Twiss streets.

It’s not clear where the fire started or what caused it.

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