Photo courtesy of New London Fire Department

Apr 9, 2015 4:13 PM

4 New London firefighters escape injury when ceiling collapses

NEW LONDON - Four firefighters escaped injury Wednesday evening after a ceiling collapsed on them.

Fire crews responded to a garage fire on Stoney Brook Road at 1:12 p.m.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy fire in the garage, extending into the house.

They were able to quickly knock down the majority of the fire in the garage and first floor.

Crews moved to the second floor of the house where the fire was spreading through a crawl space and the attic.

While attacking the fire on the second floor, a smoke explosion caused the ceiling to collapse on four firefighters.

None of the firefighters were injured and the rest of the fire was knocked down.

The New London Fire Department was joined on scene by Newbury, Sutton, Sunapee, Warner and Wilmot Fire Departments assisted at the scene and Springfield fire covered the station.

Embers from a fire pit being used for maple sugaring is believed to be the cause of the fire.

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