State Fire Marshal Called in To Investigate Sears Lane Fire

The waterfront house on Sears Lane on Lake Pocotopaug was reduced to rubble after last night's fire.


The state fire marshal today is investigating a blaze at a waterfront property on Lake Pocotopaug that destroyed a home at 13 Sears Lane.

The fire started around 6:30 p.m. and crews from numerous local towns, including Marlborough, Colchester, Portland and Haddam Neck responded to it.

No one was at home at the time of the fire and no one was injured in the blaze, police said. The state fire marshal was called in to determine the cause.

An East Hampton officer was at the site Saturday morning, safeguarding it from curiousity seekers until the state fire marshal arrived.

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Caroline Aubin, whose family owns the home next door at 15 Sears Lane, said the intense fire, which reduced the home to rubble and could be seen from just about everywhere around the 500-acre lake, was fueled in part by a propane tank that exploded.

She said fire officials who arrived first on the scene reported seeing the blaze inside the home through a window. She said it moved quickly through the house and up through its roof.

One side of the home at 15 Sears Lane, which sits several hundred feet away, was damaged from the heat of the heat of the blaze. The house' siding was melted off.

Firefighters who responded to the blaze closed off North Main Street on Friday night to clear the area for emergency vehicles to stage. The road was closed at its intersection with Route 66 and motorists were detoured up Route 66 to Staeth Road. Those traveling up Lake Drive to North Main Street were turned around near the Lakehouse Restaurant.

Tiffany Robinson November 11, 2012 at 02:14 AM
How sad!
ShellsCorneroftheWorld November 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Was it arson? Sounds like it. Just terrible
Elizabeth D November 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Very sad. What cant be replaced.... pictures, et al. Fond memories of neighborhood.
Karen Brunette November 12, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Yes, very, very sad, this beautiful gem has been destroyed to a pile of rubble. Memories flood my husband and his family's hearts remembering back 40 years ago when it was built- one of the first year-round homes on the lake. Priceless memories of holidays, picnics, hundreds of celebrations that family and many friends were so fortunate to enjoy. children and grand children learning how to swim, waterski , a place where grandpa lived, planting gardens, sitting on the deck and read the sports page as ducks swam by. Fishing off the dock, waiting for that nibble. So peaceful and tranquil, the moments would just take your breath away. He loved that place so much. We thank God for letting us have the opportunity to enjoy such a wonderful, special home. God bless our neighbors, for informing us, so sorry for all the troubles and inconveniences you had to go through during this time. We thank East Hampton and all the firefighters from all the area towns for all their efforts, thank you East Hampton police and fire, state detectives and volunteers that are helping to find out what happened. We thank God that no one was hurt, thats all that really mattered to Grandpa when we told him. that everyone was OK and the family was together. he is truly an amazing man at 95. For it is time to Move forward, keeping fond memories alive in our hearts with friends and neighbors. Thank you for all your support at this time. God bless everyone.
scuba November 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I was holding off til investigation report, as it appears the fire was so intense they have no cause as of yet. Just hoping this is not the final report. This is devastating and needs to have clear anwers into the cause, doing so could help better prepare this town for tragedies of this nature. Glad no one has been hurt in these fires. I'm only hoping that there is some comities or comissiom working on plans to improve emergency reponse equipment,resources and strategy in preparing for limited accessibility to these location. Finishing I like to give thanks to the local Fire Department for all they do to keep us safe. Not forgetting the awesome support from local towns.


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