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Firefighters battle Oxford apartment fire in ‘extreme’ weather

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Tara O’Neill
Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, Conn.

OXFORD — Firefighters battled flames at an apartment complex for hours through “extreme” weather Monday, fire officials said on Tuesday.

Firefighters responded to a four-story apartment complex at Quarry Walk around 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Oxford Center Volunteer Fire Company.

The first arriving unit reported a working fire from the middle units of the apartment complex. Mutual aid was called in from Beacon Falls, Seymour, Southbury, Middlebury, Ansonia and Roxbury.

The Roxbury unit, an EMS station, ensured firefighters “were healthy after exiting the building,” the fire company said.

Monroe firefighters, Seymour firefighters from the Great Hill company and Middlebury firefighters provided station coverage.

While firefighters were battling the blaze, two engine units were sent to the back of the building to fight the flames. Officials said firefighters went into the building to get to the fire from the interior.

“They were met with heavy fire from the roof and open loft area of the building,” the fire company said.

Initial dispatch reports indicated that the fire response eventually reached a third alarm for additional manpower.

The firefighters were pulled from the building as an exterior attack continued. Officials said an interior attack continued when it was “safe to do so.”

Units worked to extinguish the flames for hours through “extreme weather conditions,” according to the fire company. The weather conditions included humidity and temperature in the 90s across the state.

The fire remains under investigation, with officials saying there will be “no answers to questions about cause of the fire.”

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