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Aug 29, 2016 7:58 PM

5-alarm fire destroys home and cars in Deerfield

DEERFIELD - An early 5-alarm fire destroyed a home and cars.

People say fire and smoke could be seen from from miles away. A charred car, a melted roof and piles of burnt wood is all that's left of a barn. Neighbors say they woke to see flames shooting out of a home on Church Street.

"I was awaken by this tremendous blast, a loud explosion and I opened my eyes got and looked out the window and all I could see was this wall of flames," said Joe Murphy who lives in the apartment complex behind the home. "The barn that was behind the trees had just exploded" said Murphy.

Firefighters say neighbors smelled smoke around 10 last night but said they thought it was someone burning with a permit. They got the 9-1-1 call around 1 a.m. They arriving within minutes, saying it soon went to a 5-alarm fire because of a lack of water.

"We had problems with the water sources because of the drought. we set up two water sources, the first water source we drained the pond dry and we had to set up a 3 water source," said Chief Marck Tibbetts of the Deerfield fire department.

Firefighters from several surrounding towns assisted and they used more than 80-thousand gallons of water to put the fire out. Saying the outcome could have been much worse.

"This one became very concerning because the houses are so close together in the center of town...and if the wind had been blowing like it is now, we would have been in worse shape," said Chief Tibbetts.

Firefighters say no one was hurt. The home is a complete loss and two cars were destroyed. They say the cause is accidental. The homeowner used a charcoal grill, put it back in the barn, and did not, as he usually does, check up on it.

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