Willimantic firefighters quickly knock down 'heavy fire'

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Jun. 22—WILLIMANTIC — Firefighters from surrounding towns responded to a fire Monday evening that engulfed a garage on Ashland Street.

According to a report issued by Willimantic Fire Chief Marc Scrivener, the fire was reported at 9: 28 p. m. at 24 Ashland St.

He said it was a " heavy fire" on arrival.

The first- alarm fire occurred in a 20 by 20 detached garage with a 10 by 24 lean- to attached. " I'm proud to say that Capt. ( Kevin) Theriault and his crew had water on the fire very quickly and prevented the fire from spreading," Scrivener wrote.

He wrote that firefighters had water on the fire by 9:34 p.m. and it was declared knocked down by 9:45 p.m. Scrivener said the incident was " under control" at 9: 56 p.m.

He said on Tuesday that he didn't know the outcome of the chicken coop, which was in the lean- to.

Windham Fire Marshal Michael Licata could not be reached for comment on Tuesday about the cause of the fire.

According to the town property card, the house is owned by Nakia Vaughn.

It is a one- story house that was built around 1930. The house sits on 0.26 acres, the card indicates.

Alarms indicate how serious the fire is and how much of a response is needed.

A first alarm is the least serious level.

Mutual aid from several departments responded to the fire, including Mansfield firefighters with their rescue engine; University of Connecticut firefighters with their tower- ladder truck and rapid intervention team and Columbia firefighters with an ambulance.

North Windham firefighters covered the Willimantic fire station.

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