Firefighters put out attic blaze


Fairfield firefighters responded to an attic fire on Adelaide Street earlier today.

The Fairfield Fire Department responded to an attic fire at 52 Adelaide St., today, Oct. 2, at 4:19 p.m.

The Fire Department reported that firefighters saw flames from the front of the residence when they arrived on scene, prompting Assistant Fire Chief Schuyler Sherwood to call for an additional engine and mutual aid for coverage. Vehicles from the fire marshal’s offices, as well as the Fairfield Police Department, AMR, United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas, responded.

Firefighters “made an aggressive attack on the fire,”  Sherwood said. “They got a quick knockdown on the attic fire, and interior crews stretched lines to the first and second floor, encountered heavy smoke and some additional fire, which they extinguished. I’m extremely proud of the extraordinary teamwork the fire department demonstrated in containing the fire and keeping it from extending into the home immediately adjacent to the fire building, especially considering that the gap between them was less than a foot.”

Units remained on the scene as of 5:20, and the department said there were no injuries reported by occupants or first responders.

Fire Marshal Bill Kessler and Inspector Hank Ference from the fire marshal’s office are working to determine the cause, which remains under investigation, according to the department.

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