Firefighters battle early morning fire at High Meadows

Firefighters work at the scene of a fire at High Meadows condos early Thursday morning.

MONROE, CT — Firefighters responded to a call when an empty unit under renovation at High Meadows condos caught fire on Highland Drive early Thursday morning.

“Police officers and firefighters helped alert and safely evacuate several senior citizens from adjoining units and firefighters were able to contain the flames to one unit, with smoke damage to the adjoining units on either side,” said Kevin Catalano, deputy chief of the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.

The town’s Stepney and Stevenson fire companies also responded to the emergency call, reported at approximately 2:30 a.m.

“Firefighters were fortunate to narrowly escape injury when they detected a partial collapse of the main floor into the basement,” Catalano said. “Firefighters ultimately entered through a small basement window in zero visibility to contain the fire.”

White Hills and Huntington firefighters, Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and the Red Cross were called in to assist at the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no one was injured, according to Catalano. He said five engines, a ladder truck and rescue truck responded to the call.

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