Windsor family left homeless by fast-moving fire


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WINDSOR -- A family was left homeless on Wednesday afternoon after a quick-moving fire destroyed their home on Cheshire Road in Windsor.

Multiple fire companies were called to fight the blaze, which was reported about 3:20 p.m., in temperatures hovering around zero.

Windsor Fire Department Assistant Chief Charles Sturtevant said he was the first one on the scene. He reported seeing a fire that was fully involved, centered in the rear of the roof with "flames coming out of it," he said. Sturtevant said it was "clear from the arrival" of firefighters that the home could not be saved.

"Nobody was here," Sturtevant said. A family of two adults and four children were reported to be living there. The home belonged to the Lewis family, firefighters said. Nobody was reported hurt and all of the family members were accounted for. Sturtevant described the residence as a rehabilitated summer camp.

Sturtevant said firefighters were able to handle the conditions, which likely were below zero with the wind chill. Portable heaters were placed next to hoses and equipment to prevent freezing.

Windsor was assisted by firefighters from Dalton, Savoy, Worthington, Peru, Hinsdale and Plainfield. The Windsor Police Department and County Ambulance also responded.

The Hinsdale Fire Department lent a school bus that had portable heaters to keep firefighters warm. "We're working with the cold and trying to keep guys warm," Sturtevant said.

Firefighters were still investigating the cause of the fire as of late Wednesday afternoon.

The Red Cross was working to assist the family members.


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