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A Newtown family was displaced by a fire last night.  Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue responded to Charter Ridge, after the homeowner reported heavy smoke in the basement.  The occupants self-evacuated, without injury. 


The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes. Firefighters ventilated the single-family home.  According to fire officials, damage was estimated at approximately $100,000. The fire caused some structural damage to the building; it was nonhabitable following the fire. 


Approximately 50 firefighters responded to the scene. Firefighters used about 7,500 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.  Roadways near the scene were closed to through-traffic for part of the incident.


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