Conn. Women's Group Home Burns

NORWICH, Conn. -- At least two dozen people were forced out of a Norwich women’s halfway house by a fire Saturday night.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on Prospect Street for a fire at a group home for women run by the Stonington Institute.

Officials said the seven women who were home at the time of the blaze got out safely before the flames spread to the second and third floor.

“Because of its age and construction, a lot of fire in confined spaces that we couldn’t get to,” said Fire Chief Ken Scandariato.

After more than 20 minutes of fighting the blaze, crews were ordered outside.

The American Red Cross was assisting the fire victims and sent at least two dozen down the St. Mary’s Church.