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2 Conn. homes destroyed in blaze, firefighters unable to reach them due to storm

A fire official says two houses in Old Saybrook have been destroyed by fire after crews were unable to reach the area due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

It's unclear if anyone was inside the burning homes, which were in an area of Chalker Beach that was under a mandatory evacuation order.

Chief JT Dunn, of the Old Saybrook Fire Department, tells NBC Connecticut that a team of firefighters in water rescue suits used a retired military vehicle to try to rescue anyone remaining in the homes, but the vehicle lost several electrical systems in the floodwaters, and they couldn't continue to the fire because the water was several feet deep.

No other details were immediately available.