Two dead after Fairfield inferno

Firefighters pulled pair from burning house

MONDAY, 12:42 p.m.: The 911 caller alerting firefighters to a blaze that left two residents dead described flames “pouring” from one section of the house.

The call, release by Fairfield emergency officials Monday afternoon, was made by a neighbor who saw the inferno shortly before 1 a.m. Asked if people were inside, the caller replied that she was not sure, but told the operator that two people did live in the house. Click the player below to hear the call.

MONDAY, 8:42 a.m.: A spokesman for Bridgeport Hospital has confirmed that two people taken there after a fire on Crane Street early Monday have died.

MONDAY, 7:41 a.m.: Two people were pulled from a burning house and rushed to the hospital when fire struck a Crane Street house early Monday.

As of 7:20 a.m. Monday, the Fairfield Fire Department could not confirm reports that one of the people who was in the house had died.

At 7:45 a.m. Monday, Police Chief Gary MacNamara tweeted: “deadly fire in Fairfield today. Tragic reminder to install and/or check smoke detectors are working properly Not known if in place here.”

A Crane Street resident called 911 at 12:58 a.m. Monday reporting that the house across the street was on fire, and people were possibly inside. Crane street runs between Knapps Highway and Old Stratfield Road.

Fairfield Fire Engines 1, 2, 3, 4, Ladders 1 and 2, and Car 3 responded to 135 Crane Street along with Fairfield Police and American Medical Response.

Assistant Chief George Gomola in Car 3 was first on the scene at 1:03 a.m., confirming heavy fire on the first and second floor at the front and right side of the two story wood-framed cape. A next door neighbor told firefighters that they believed two residents remained inside, and Gomola directed all efforts toward a rescue, according to a release from the Fire Department.

Engine 2 and Ladder 2 arrived shortly thereafter, with engine personnel stretching a 2 ½-inch line to attack the fire while the ladder crew gained entry through a first floor window and made it up through heavy heat and smoke to the second floor. Engine 3 arrived and set up a ladder to the second floor bedroom window for a vent and enter rescue operation, but Ladder 2 personnel found two occupants in a second floor bedroom and quickly removed them to the awaiting AMR ambulance for transport to Bridgeport Hospital.

Engines 1 and 4 along with Ladder 2 arrived and assisted with fire attack and ventilation, and Westport Engine 2 responded to the scene to provide a Rapid Intervention Team. Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner, Deputy Chief Art Reid, Fire Marshal Bill Kessler, Inspector Hank Ference, and Safety Officer Chris Tracy all responded to the scene along with Westport Safety Officer Rob Yost to assist with RIT, while Westport and Bridgeport fire departments provided mutual aid coverage to Stations 1 and 2, responding to other incidents during the fire. United Illuminating was also called to the scene to disconnect power from the street after Gomola placed a recall of alarm holding all units on scene at 1:41 a.m.

“We encountered extremely heavy fire condition on arrival,” said Gomola, who served as incident commander. “Through a coordinated team effort we were able to knock down the bulk of the fire while initiating an aggressive interior search, with firefighters Jeff DeNitto, Will Malkin and John Calandriello pushing through extreme heat as they made the second floor stairwell to gain access to the bedroom where the occupants were located. They went above and beyond, with their efforts made possible by Lt. Eannotti’s Engine 2 crew on fire attack and Lt. Corbo leading Company 3 on ventilation.”

Fire Marshal Kessler and representatives from the State Fire Marshal’s Office remained on the scene investigating with Engine 5 early Monday.

Firefighters at the scene on Crane Street Monday, March 10. Two people were pulled from inside a burning house. (Doing It Local Photo)

Firefighters at the scene on Crane Street Monday, March 10. Two people were pulled from inside a burning house. (Doing It Local Photo)

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