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Three homes catch fire in Greenwich, one dies

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Updated: 1/13 7:38 am

GREENWICH, N.Y. – Three homes caught fire in Greenwich Sunday, and one person has died.

The Greenwich Cambridge Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire around 5 p.m. Sunday on Salem Street. The fire quickly spread to the two houses on either side of the original site of the fire.

Neighbor Clifford Mealy said he heard sirens outside his home on Salem Street just after 5 p.m.

“I thought the firemen had it under control, but then you’d see a big wall of flames leap out,” he said.

Multiple agencies responded and began battling the blaze.

“The center beam of the roof was just down and glowing like a Yuletide log,” Mealy said. “I mean it was terrible.”

The landlord of the home where the fire started said the person who died lived in the first floor apartment of the original house. Greenwich Cambridge Fire Chief Dean Watkins confirmed one person died as a result of the fire, but he would not release the name of the deceased.

The flames were put out by 8 p.m., and officials continued their investigation. The State Bureau of Fire will assist in the investigation along with county and local resources, according to Watkins.

“The fire was stopped in the other two houses, and the original house that the fire started in – that has been extinguished,” Watkins continued. “At this point, we’re starting overhaul.”

Officials could not say how many people were living in the three homes that caught fire, but at least two families are believed to have lived in the home where the fire began.

Gary Ferris with the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross lives near the fire. He came to the scene to provide shelter and other resources for those who are now displaced.

“We’ll take care of them,” he said. “We’ll get them lodging for a few nights, give them some financial aid so that they can replace some food and clothing. That kind of thing.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire Chief Watkins is expected to give a press conference Monday morning.

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