Basement fire displaces Sherman family

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SHERMAN — A local family has been displaced after a fire broke out in the basement of their Mary Bee Lane home Monday night.

Firefighters from Sherman, New Fairfield, New Milford and Kent responded to the house fire, which was called in by a resident of the home shortly before 7:20 p.m.

Fire Marshal Dave Lathrop said firefighters got to the scene in less than 10 minutes and “found heavy smoke coming from windows and doors” of the Cape-style home.

The first firefighter on scene lived in the neighborhood and reported hearing the sound of fire crackling coming from the basement, Lathrop said.

He said three people were home when the fire broke out and they all escaped without injury or smoke inhalation.

The fire originated in a family room in the basement of the house, but the cause remains under investigation.

“We’re running down some leads and have a pretty good idea what it was, but at this time I’d rather not say until I have a full idea of what actually happened,” Lathrop said Tuesday.

Smoke and fire damage left the house “inoperable to live in,” he said, and the displaced family has decided to stay with relatives in the area for the time being.