Fairfield fire initiates new home safety program

On Tuesday, Nov. 17 with the crisp autumn air still redolent with the pungent odor of a house fire extinguished in the early hours of the morning on South Benson Road, personnel from the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s Office and Company One on Reef Road returned to the scene of the fire not only for further investigation but also to educate the neighborhood on home safety in the fire’s aftermath.

Knocking on doors in the immediate area of the fire, Fairfield firefighters spoke with residents and left literature explaining how to respond in the event of a house fire, with department contact information on how to acquire additional literature or schedule smoke alarm safety inspections.

“Today Fairfield Fire began a new home safety program,” explained Fire Chief Denis McCarthy. “We recognize the anxiety a home fire in a neighbor’s home has on the entire family and want to translate that concern into action. The day after a fire, Fairfield firefighters will canvas the immediate neighborhood, speaking with residents whenever possible and leaving literature to review. Firefighters will stress the importance of smoke detectors and home safety planning,” noted Chief McCarthy, adding that “All Fairfield residents are encouraged to call or email the department with any questions or concerns they may have concerning home fire safety” at 203-254-4720 or [email protected].

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office the cause of the fire at 203 South Benson Road remains undetermined pending further investigation.

Fire Inspector Hank Ference distributes public education literature to neighboring houses following the Nov. 17 fire on South Benson Road.

Fire Inspector Hank Ference distributes public education literature to neighboring houses following the Nov. 17 fire on South Benson Road.

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