Seven people were displaced this afternoon after a fire broke out at a Montauk Ave. duplex.
The New London Fire Department responded to 70-72 Montauk Ave. at 12:52 p.m. Battalion Chief Marc Melanson said flames were showing from a window on the second story when firefighters arrived at the scene. He said all on-duty New London firefighters were at the scene along with the New London Police Department, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital paramedics, and a FAST team from Sub Base New London.
Melanson said it took about 20 to 25 minutes to knock down the blaze. Several windows in the upper floors were broken out and extensive overhaul was required after the fire to ensure that flames hadn't spread into the walls or ceilings. Utilities to the building were also shut off.
"The first-in company made an impressive attack and held it to the room of origin," said Melanson.
The Red Cross was assisting seven people displaced by the fire, including five residents living on the second floor and two living on the third floor. Paramedics were assisting three residents with smoke-related injuries. No firefighters were injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.