Fire destroys garage, spreads into house

Fairfield Fire Department Photo

Fairfield Fire Department Photo

Fairfield Fire Department Photo

Fairfield Fire Department Photo

Fairfield Fire Department Photo

Fairfield Fire Department Photo

Doing It Local Photo

Doing It Local Photo

Doing It Local Photo

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Fire destroyed an attached garage and spread into a Fogwood Road residence around 5 p.m. Friday, June 7.

A passing motorist called 911 to report flames on the side of a house at Fogwood Road and Fogwood Circle at 4:57 p.m.

Engines 1, 2, 3 and 4, ladders 1 and 2, and cars 1,2 and 3 all responded.  Engine 5 was first to arrive on scene at 5:05 p.m., confirming fire coming from the side of the two and one-half story residence. Engine 5 reported the attached 3 car garage fully involved.  The roof of the garage and one wall collapsed shortly after the first fire units arrived on scene.

Engine 5 personnel deployed a 2 ½-inch  hose line from the exterior to control the fire and minimize extension into the main part of the house.

Assistant Chief George Gomola in Car 3 arrived on scene and took command. Engine 4 personnel gained entry through the front door to check for fire extension.

The homeowner had left the residence prior to the arrival of firefighters.

Engine 4 crew utilized an 1 ¾ “ hose line to extinguish the fire that had burned through the garage and into the main body of the house.

Doing It Local reported foam was used to smother gasonline-filled flames in the garage.

Ladder 1 personnel opened a ventilation hole in the roof to confine the fire that had spread to the attic.  E-1 crew advanced a hose to the second floor and Engine 2 advanced a hose line into the attic. Searches were conducted to verify that all occupants had safely evacuated the building.

The electrical service connection was in close proximity to the fire and was in danger of coming down. UI was called to the scene to make safe.

Fire Marshal Bill Kessler, Deputy Fire Marshal Derick Lundeen, and Fire Inspector Hank Ference were called to the scene and initiated an investigation of the fire.

A slight odor of natural gas was observed during overhaul operations. The gas meter was shut down.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s Office.

No injuries were reported.

The Bridgeport and Westport fire departments provided mutual aid standby while Fairfield firefighters extinguished the blaze.

The last fire unit left the scene around 830 p.m.

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