NORTH STONINGTON — A cat died in a house fire on Meadow Wood Drive Thursday morning, but officials said a rapid response by firefighters helped limit heavy damage to the kitchen area.

North Stonington volunteer firefighters were called to the home at 15 Meadow Wood Drive at 11:05 a.m. after a motorist reported seeing smoke coming from the dwelling. Members of the department, who were on call at the nearby Emergency Services Building for North Stonington Ambulance, quickly shifted gears and a team of three arrived within a few minutes, according to Assistant Fire Chief James Tuttle.

"Smoke was showing when we arrived and a first alarm was sounded," Tuttle said. "We were able to extend a line into the kitchen and when the next crew arrived, they began attacking a section on the back section of the home that the fire had extended to."

Shortly thereafter, Tuttle said, mutual aid arrived from other fire departments. The fire itself was contained within the first 10 minutes and by 11:30 a.m., the blaze was extinguished.

North Stonington was assisted by members of the Ashaway, Mashantucket, Pawcatuck, Old Mystic and Wequetequock fire departments. Personnel with American Ambulance were placed on standby and a resident Connecticut state trooper was also on scene.

Residents of the home were on scene, but declined comment.

Tuttle said the blaze caused significant damage to the kitchen area, including causing a hole in the roof, but that the rest of the home sustained mainly smoke and water damage. The kitchen was under renovation at the time, police and fire officials confirmed.

The exact cause and origin of the fire will be determined by the fire marshal, Tuttle said.

According to North Stonington property records, the single family home was owned by Amanda G. Brink, who bought the .45-acre property in 2014.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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