Boston Post Road Fire Devastates Waterford Family

Fire kills two of the family’s dogs, and the family has no renter’s insurance to cover the damage.

Friday was a bad day for Jen Adams and her family.

On Friday just past 4 p.m., Adams’ seventh-grade daughter and husband were inside their rented home at 520 Boston Post Road, when all of a sudden Adams' daughter saw a “bright orange glow” outside on the patio. She went to check it out, and quickly realized it was a fire.

Adams’ husband and daughter ran out of the house, along with two of the family’s four dogs. The other two dogs, though, followed their instinct to hide and ran under the bed in the master bedroom, and would die of smoke inhalation.

A 9-1-1 call was made at 4:08 p.m., and the first fire crew showed up at 4:10 p.m., according to Jordan Fire Chief Tim Sullivan. It took firefighters from Waterford, New London and East Lyme about 10 minutes to put out the flames, but at that point the entire inside of the house was destroyed, Sullivan said.

The family has no renter’s insurance, Adams said. Adams recently took in her infant grandson, who was at daycare at the time of the fire. She said all of her possessions, even all of her clothes, were destroyed.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Adams said, and then she broke into tears.


Two of the dogs ran out with Adams’ daughter and husband. The other two dogs ran under the bed, which is their instinct, Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk said.

Yuchniuk said that’s common, as dogs’ instincts tell them to hide instead of run when they smell smoke. Many times, a dog will hide and then die of smoke inhalation, he said.

After the fire, Adams and her family were consoling each other, with most of them breaking into tears and then regaining composure. Adams said she had no other clothes besides the clothes on her back, and was worried she would get no assistance from the fire because she has no renter’s insurance.

Sharon September 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM
We are having a five family yard sale today and would like to donate any items to Mrs Adams and her family that they may need.
Patti Chambers-Antilli September 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Would like to help the family - is there way to reach them?
Geoff Hausmann September 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I have a brand new rental at 283 Boston Post Road. Please have tem contact me at 860-443-4400 so that I can discuss this with them. Geoff Hausmann, RE/MAX Property Consultants.
nascarblue September 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
First, thank God your daughter realized there was a big problem, i am so sorry for the loss of your dogs, i will be at the yard sale to help as best that i can. can you tell us the bank you have and hopefully a donation can be set up in your name through your bank, people that would like to send money in your name to the bank will help you get back on track, this is devestating and i hope everyone can help your family, i am more than willing to send what i can to your bank, stay strong, your family are in our Prayers.
Lori Reynolds September 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM
We are so sorry to hear what has happened to this family. We too would like to help, Can we get sizes of clothes and shoes, ect?
Sarah orr September 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I belive I still have some toys from my kids. More than willing to donate.
Haggles September 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I have a pack-play, baby swing, toys, clothes, how old is the baby? Anything wecan do to help, we will. Is there contact information?
M.S. September 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
First we would like to say sorry for your losses. We would love to help in anyway possible! Please let us know sizes of clothing and any other essentials needed.
Justene Smith September 15, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thank you everyone for your support. My name is Justene, I live in the house.. I wasn't home when it happened but it was an extremely hard day for me yesterday. Just when you think "that'll never happen to me" it does. If anyone would like to contact me for information about donations you can email me at justenemariexo@aol.com Thank you.
Lisa Holmes September 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Has anyone asked Stop & Shop if they are willing to set up a donation box?
Diane Smith September 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
So sorry for your loss. How can we help? What sizes for clothing, where can we donate a $ contribution, food, is someone organizing for the family? Diane Smith
For those following this article and offering assistance for this family: http://waterford.patch.com/articles/town-collecting-donations-sunday-for-family-displaced-by-fire
Justene Smith September 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
A bank account was just set up for donations. It's at Liberty bank. It's Adams Family Benefit Account.
RAMONA SMITH September 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Kate Kube September 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I was out of the area and not able to make it yesterday, is there anyone that knows where I can bring some donations for the family?
Jenniffer Adams September 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Jen Adams & Family We would like to thank everyone for all their love and support. Just knowing that we have people who are there is a big help and part of holding our strength and courage to move forward, for all of us right now. Thank you again, Jen & Family
Autumn Grimm October 04, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Thank You everyone i'm the daughter that spotted the fire if you need to email me about donations my email is autumngrimm10@yahoo.com I thank you for your support <3
Autumn Grimm October 05, 2012 at 06:19 PM
the baby is 8 months but he wears size 18 months and thank you for your support


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