A fire that broke out on High Street in the Thompsonsville section of Enfield has left six families homeless.

Firefighters were called to the combination residential/commercial building at Pearl and High Streets shortly before 10 p.m. Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Paul Censki says they believe a shorted-out electric transformer started the fire,  which was spread by winds from the storm.

Censki says the wind was so strong that the fire looked “like a blowtorch,”  and crews had to work to protect nearby buildings as well.

Crews remained on the scene nearly seven hours,  with mutual aid from other Enfield fire companies, Suffield, Longmeadow and East Longmeadow.  The fire forced a shutoff of electric service to the neighboring area.

The Red Cross was helping 28 people displaced by fires in Manchester and Bridgeport.

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