Five people, including three firefighters, were taken to the hospital after fire destroyed 969 Pequot Trail in Stonington on Thursday morning and equipment has been brought in to demolish the house.
Cheryl Ann Chase, of Stonington, said her twin brother and six other people were inside the house and cooking breakfast when the fire started around 7:30 a.m.
"It was a little smoke coming out of the house. We went over and the smoke was all the way down. The ceiling was already on fire. My brother was on the floor," Chase said.
Fire officials said the injuries the three firefighters sustained are minor.