Eight people displaced by New London house fire

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Jul. 3—NEW LONDON — Eight people were displaced on Saturday as the result of a two-alarm fire that tore through a multifamily home at 69 Rosemary St.

City fire Chief Tom Curcio said the fire was first reported sometime before 10 p.m. and firefighters arrived to find heavy fire with flames already moving into the second floor and attic of the two-story home.

No injuries among the occupants were reported.

Curcio said two firefighters were being evaluated for possible heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. Firefighters initially made an interior attack in the home, he said. At least two ladder trucks were at the scene, spraying water onto the top floor of the home. The fire blew through the roof at 10:19 p.m.

He said firefighters had most of the fire knocked down by 10:45 p.m., with work still being done to find and extinguish hot spots.

The narrow streets in the hillside neighborhood were crowded with firetrucks. New London was joined by neighboring fire departments that included Waterford, Submarine Base and Poquonnock Bridge. The Red Cross also was called in to assist families with emergency needs and accommodations. An Eversource crew also was on scene.

The city's fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

City records show the home is owned by Old Lyme-based Sunshine Investments whose principal is Elizabeth Sunshine.

Day Staff Photographer Dana Jensen contributed to this report.

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