UPDATE: Fire Burns Vacant Portland Home

Firefighers responded to a structure fire near the intersection between Cox and Pentfield Hill roads late Monday.

Update 9:40 a.m.

A fire that broke out in a vacant home at the corner of Cox Road and Penfield Hill Road is now under control, First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield said.

Bransfield said no one was living in the house at the time and no firefighters were injured in combating the blaze. She said officials are waiting for Connecticut Light & Power to show up and disconnect the electricity.

"It’s certainly a very difficult situation for our firefighters to be out there in this terrible weather to have to stem and control this," she said.

Bransfield said she did not know the address of the home. Fire officials have yet to release a potential cause.

Original Story

Town firefighters responded to a structure fire on a local road Monday evening.

First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield confirmed that Portland firefighters are responding to a home at the corner of Cox and Pentfield Hill roads.

Bransfield said the call was dispatched around 8:20 p.m. She said the Middletown Fire Department also responded.

Initial, unconfirmed reports are saying the fire is at a two-story, wood frame home.

It's unclear if conditions from Hurricane Sandy contributed to the fire.

Check back with East Hampton-Portland Patch for updates this evening.


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