New London — Firefighters responded early this morning to a car fire that extended to a garage at 415 Pequot Ave., the home of former New London Mayor Beth Sabilia.
Battalion Chief Tom Curcio said at about 1:45 a.m. firefighters received a report of a structure fire. Units arrived at the scene within minutes and found a vehicle in the driveway fully engulfed in flames.
Curcio said the fire, which took about 15 minutes to extinguish, extended to the attached garage.
A neighbor, Scott Borgerson, who lives at 12 Granada Terrace, was alerted to the fire when he heard the car alarm sounding. He called 911 and then immediately went to alert his neighbors of the fire, Curcio said.
Sabilia, along with her husband, Sebastian DeSantis, and their two children, escaped uninjured. They stayed at Borgerson’s house until the fire was extinguished.
Curcio said the damage is estimated at $50,000 to $60,000. The 2004 Volkswagen Touareg parked in the driveway appears to be a total loss while the fire damaged the exterior and interior of the garage, he said. There was minor smoke damage to the house.
Sabilia could not be reached for comment.
The New London Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.