WALLINGFORD — A fire that destroyed a home on Twin Oak Farm Road Tuesday is reported to have originated in a room used as an office.
No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause has been designated as “undetermined,” according to the fire marshal’s office.
Although fire officials initially said that explosions could be heard during the fire, the investigation did not reveal anything in the home that could have exploded. Local and state fire marshals along with local police were involved in the investigation.
Firefighters arrived at 35 Twin Oak Farm Road shortly after 8:40 a.m. Tuesday to find a heavily involved fire that destroyed the Cape Cod-style house. Twin Oak Farm is located off West Dayton Hill Road.
The owner of the home is listed as Joseph Augur Jr., who could not be reached for comment.
Resident Teresa Olson, who said she is a friend of the couple that lives in the home, is collecting donations. The couple returned from a vacation to the fire, she said. Two cats are unaccounted for.
“As of right now they still can’t get into the house but it’s pretty clear that they lost a lot,” she said.
Olson said she will be collecting donations of everyday items, such as food, water, toiletries, clothing, gift cards, and household items. Donations will be accepted at 924 North Main Street Extension.
Deputy Fire Chief Joe Czentnar said getting water to the house was a challenge because the house is about one thousand feet from the road. It took 20 town firefighters and four from Meriden about 30 minutes to get the fire under control.
“There’s not much left of the house,” Czentnar said.