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Overnight Fire Destroys Vacant Mansion In Newtown

An intense fire destroyed a vacant home overnight on Castle Hill Road in Newtown.
An intense fire destroyed a vacant home overnight on Castle Hill Road in Newtown. Photo Credit: Stony Hill Fire Department via Twitter ‏@stonyhillfire
Newtown Hook & Ladder battles a blaze in a vacant home early Wednesday on Castle Hill Road.
Newtown Hook & Ladder battles a blaze in a vacant home early Wednesday on Castle Hill Road. Photo Credit: Stony Hill Fire Department via Twitter ‏@stonyhillfire

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Firefighters from Newtown Hook and Ladder responded to an overnight fire that destroyed a vacant home on Castle Hill Road in Newtown, according to WLAD.com and the Stony Hill Fire Department.

The call at 2 a.m. Wednesday was originally for a brush fire, but firefighters found the home engulfed in flames, WLAD said.

The road was partially closed through the early morning rush hour, WLAD said.

The Connecticut Post reported that the mansion, built in 1908 at 44 Castle Hill Road, was already being demolished by Wednesday morning.

The house, the former estate of the Gretsch family, was sold to the Bridgeport Diocese in 1995, the Post said. The diocese then sold it in 2013 for $1.74 million to Castle Real Estate Holdings LLC, the Post said.

It had 12,000 square feet of space with 17 main rooms, the Post said.

Click here to read the story at the WLAD website. Click here to read about the house at the Connecticut Post website.

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