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A structural fire at a residence on Upson Place in Cheshire appeared to have burned for hours before the fire department was notified on Tuesday morning.
According to Fire Chief Jack Casner, there were reports that others in the area had smelled smoke as early in the morning as 10 a.m. on May 10. The dead-end road is past Interstate 691 and almost sits in Southington. The house that caught fire is at the end of the cul-de-sac. Casner said that someone called 911 from a cell phone and it routed off a cell tower to Southington. Around 12 p.m. Southington got the call and arrived on scene eight minutes later. Casner said that, when they arrived, the Southington Fire Department realized the fire was in Cheshire, but they "didn't skip a beat and put the fire out."
The Cheshire Fire Department did not get a call until 12:20 p.m. and, by that time, they reached the home, the fire was already extinguished. No one was home during the fire but two dogs were killed as a result, Cheshire Police Lt. James Fasano explained. CPR was attempted on the dogs.
Casner said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to have started in the kitchen area near a clothes dryer.
"There is a strong suspicion that the fire was burning for quite some time," Casner said. "The fire had a big head start on the firefighters. There was extensive structural damage."