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Falling tree causes New Milford house fire

September 5, 2018

NEW MILFORD - Two people escaped serious injuries when a tree fell on their house late Tuesday and erupted into flames.

The large tree, which was nearly two feet in diameter at its base, snapped near the ground and fell on top of a single-story home on Route 7 near the Housatonic River. There was no storm at the time and no apparent reason why the tree fell, authorities said.

The tree took down some electrical wires which sparked and caught fire to the tree and the exterior of the home, according to Fire Marshal Brian Ohmen. The tree did significant damage to the home’s attic but didn’t penetrate the ceiling, he added.

Two people who were in the home at the time and their dogs were able to escape uninjured. Ohmen said responding fire fighters quickly dosed the flames before it spread to the rest of the home. Fire fighters from several companies including Water Witch, Gaylordsville and the Kent Volunteer Fire Department responded.

dperrefort@newstimes.com

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