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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.

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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.

RAMONA SMITH September 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I AM THE MOTHER OF JEN ADAMS I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE FOR THIER DONATIONS ,SUPPORT AND HELP OR EVEN JUST A KIND WORD FOR MY DAUGHTERS FAMILY
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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