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Structure fire destroys Woodstock home

Saturday, April 28 at approximately 1 p.m. fire departments from Woodstock, South Woodstock, Pomfret, Teago, Bridgewater, Barnard and Hartford as well as the Woodstock Ambulance crew responded to a structure fire on Cox District Road in Woodstock.
The house was fully engulfed upon arrival and it has been deemed a "total burn." No one was home at the time. The tenants and homeowner, Walter Klein, of Arizona, were contacted by the Red Cross.

Klein has been renting the house to local mason Jesse Filiaut, his wife Jackie, an their young children, who were reportedly out enjoying the annual spring Bridgewater Raft race and so were not injured.

Sadly, reports have confirmed that the two Filiaut family dogs perished in the blaze.

Woodstock Fire Chief L.D. Sutherland Jr. suspects the fire may have started as a result of faulty installation issues in the wood stove/fireplace. The family had had a fire going in the stove earlier in the day to stay warm. The cause remains officially undetermined but is not considered suspicious.

A house on the same location had burned to the ground four decades ago, the Fire Chief remembered.

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