Fire destroys Sherman home

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SHERMAN — Firefighters battled frigid temperatures Saturday night as a blaze destroyed a Deer Hill Road home.

No one was home when the fire broke out. Several neighbors reported the blaze and by the time firefighters arrived about 9:15 p.m., the home was fully engulfed, said Chad Beatty, assistant chief of the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department.

Beatty said it took at least four hours for firefighters to put out the blaze because of the frigid temperatures that night, which caused the water in the trucks to keep freezing. The trucks were forced to draw water from Squantz Pond, which was low and ice-covered, Beatty said.

“We had a hard time getting water because of the weather,” he said.

Crews from New Fairfield, New Milford, Gaylordsville and Roxbury Emergency Medical Services also responded, Beatty said.

Beatty said he wasn’t sure how many people lived in the home.

Real estate websites describe the residence as a 2,516-square-foot single-family home built in 1969 with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.