|By Izaskun E. Larrañeta and Claire Bessette, The Day, New London, Conn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Scandariato said there were two occupants in the building at the time. No one else was reported in the building, but as a precaution they searched the building for people.
Firefighters found the fire in a small room in the rear of the building and were able to extinguish it, preventing it from spreading to the upper floors. The fire was under control within 40 minutes.
No injuries were reported.
In additional to the city, the Mohegan Tribal FAST team also responded to the fire.
The first floor office, worship center, Sunday school area and food and clothing pantries sustained fire, smoke and water damage. She said the service agency likely will have to replace the entire contents of those areas, including about 1 ton of food, a refrigerator, freezer, two desks, a desktop computer, phones, Utley's own laptop computer, a copy machine, a table and chairs.
Arpin said the fire was confined to a kitchen area. He said he could not comment on the cause of the fire.
He said if the insurance company acts quickly, the
"We owe these people to be as helpful as we can," said Arpin. "They are usually the ones that respond to a fire and now they need our help. I hope the community rallies behind them."
Utley said the
Utley said the
Food and clothing drives will be held, along with a collection of cash to help replace lost equipment. The food and clothing drive will be held from
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