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Fire Damages Historic Monroe Home; Occupant Escapes Unharmed

Firefighters battle an early morning blaze at 181 Hammertown Road in Monroe, Conn. The occupant of the house escaped unharmed but the historic house was heavily damaged.
Firefighters battle an early morning blaze at 181 Hammertown Road in Monroe, Conn. The occupant of the house escaped unharmed but the historic house was heavily damaged. Photo Credit: Provided/Monroe Fire Department

MONROE, Conn. – A historic house with ties to the Underground Railroad was heavily damaged by fire early Sunday, Nov. 29, according to the Monroe Fire Department.

Fire Department spokesman Kevin Catalano, said the two-story, red brick house at 181 Hammertown Road dates to the late 1700s.

The occupant was awoken by the family cat and escaped unharmed, according to a report in ctpost.com.

The resident was evaluated for smoke inhalation, Catalano said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The person was not identified by fire officials, but public records say that John Selk is a resident of 181 Hammertown Road. The ctpost reported that Susan Selk is the home’s owner.

The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and was out by 11 a.m., Catalano said. The house was heavily damaged and cannot be occupied, he said.

Assisting the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, No.1, at the scene were: Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company; Stepney Fire Department; White Hills Fire Company, Shelton; Botsford Fire Rescue; Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue; Quaker Farms Fire Company; and Oxford Fire-Rescue.

Providing station coverage were: Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1 and Long Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

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