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A Bethlehem home has been destroyed by a fire.  Early yesterday morning firefighters responded to Nonnewaug Road and found extremely heavy smoke on the first floor and in the basement.   Firefighter encountered zero visibility, high heat and heavy flames.  

It took 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze with an attack through the basement hatchway, stairwells and a first floor bedroom and bathroom. 

Bethlehem Ambulance evaluated the occupants, all of who made it out safely.  The house is uninhabitable.

The Bethlehem Elementary School Resource Officer, Mark Cattey, who is the East Litchfield Fire Chief responded from the school immediately and was able to shut all the doors and limit ventilation and control the fire spread.  Mutual aid was provided from Morris, Bantam, Washington, Woodbury, and Watertown with approximately 40 firefighters on scene. 

The fire has been determined to be accidental in origin. 

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