New Haven Firefighters responding to a report of a kitchen fire arrived to find a three story, wood frame with heavy fire on the first floor. The fire rapidly extended throughout the dwelling, prompting Battalion Chief Gould to transmit the second alarm. The fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes.
There was evidence of a gas explosion on the number one side as part of the first floor was heavily damaged and bowed out. No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.