Fire Engulfs Greenwich Mansions

The governor toured the wreckage as many towns still suffer without power

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Thursday, Nov 1, 2012  |  Updated 6:35 AM EDT
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Three multi-million dollar homes along the Greenwich shoreline were destroyed by fire as Sandy made landfall.  Greenwich fire officials said rescue units were able to save the residents and evacuate neighbors.  But video released by the town shows how the roaring flames, brutal winds and crashing surf made fighting the fires impossible.  The flames jumped from one home to the next.

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Three multi-million dollar homes along the Greenwich shoreline were destroyed by fire as Sandy made landfall. Greenwich fire officials said rescue units were able to save the residents and evacuate neighbors. But video released by the town shows how the roaring flames, brutal winds and crashing surf made fighting the fires impossible. The flames jumped from one home to the next.

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Video: Fire Engulfs Greenwich Mansions as Sandy Storms (Pt. 1)

Three multi-million dollar homes along the Greenwich shoreline were destroyed by fire as Sandy made landfall. Greenwich fire officials said rescue units were able to save the residents and evacuate neighbors. But video released by the town shows how the roaring flames, brutal winds and crashing surf made fighting the fires impossible.
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Three multi-million dollar homes along the Greenwich shoreline were destroyed by fire Monday night as Sandy made landfall.

Greenwich fire officials said rescue units were able to save the residents and evacuate neighbors, but new video released by the town of Greenwich shows how the roaring flames, brutal winds and crashing surf made fighting the fires impossible.  The flames jumped from one home to the next.

Connecticut officials are crediting firefighters for their heroic efforts in responding to the emergency call in 80 mph winds and rising flood waters. Governor Dannel Malloy visited the site and toured wreckage along the Greenwich waterfront. The three homes are located off Shore Road on a private lane.

Across Greenwich, trees are down and more than 70 percent of homes were without power Wednesday.   In neighboring Stamford, city officials said most of the downtown is now open -- including the mall -- and that power is out in 40 percent of all homes. Schools remain closed and a local high school is being used as a shelter and comfort station.

In Westport, 85 percent of the town is without power including the Main Street. The waters have receded from the Compo Beach neighborhood but many homes suffered significant flooding. In Fairfield, many of the streets near the beach are still flooded, police said. And a police officer suffered minor injuries downtown after a car sped through a traffic signal that was out crashing into the police cruiser. More than 60 percent of homes there are still without electricity Wednesday night.

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