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Milford’s new home “a total loss”

NEW MILFORD – A huge fire destroyed a home in Bonnie Vu Lane on Friday afternoon, witnesses told The News-Times.

“The building is a pile of rubble,” said Brandon Merritt, a neighbor who said he was the first on the scene and called 911.

The fire was reported around 1 p.m. and a few minutes later, Merritt said, the two-story colonial house collapsed.

Family friend Douglas Skelly said no one was injured in the blaze but “lost everything”.

“The house is a total loss,” he said.

Neighbors believe there were no adults in the house when the fire broke out. Merritt said at least two of the owners’ three children were at the house and came out unharmed.


“They came out of a burning building,” he said.

Litchfield County Dispatch said it sent mutual aid from Washington and Bridgewater. Other departments at the scene included Water Witch Hose, Brookfield and Northville.

Bonnie Vu Lane is west of Poplar Street and north of Hartwell Road.

Mayor David Gronbach said the city will help displaced residents.

“The concern now is for the family to make sure they have all the support the city can offer to help them when needed,” he said in an email.

Just hours after the fire, an online campaign was launched on GoFundMe.com, “Love On Lance & Family”, to raise funds for the family.

The house, which was built in 1996, is owned by Lance Brevard.

Firefighters were not available for comment.

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