Firefighters extinguish kitchen fire on Alden Street

On Tuesday evening April 26, at 5:33 p.m., Fairfield’s Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from Alden Street reporting black smoke coming from the front door of a house across the street. Four engines, a ladder, a rescue, and a shift commander were dispatched to the call, with Engine 1 first on the scene within two minutes of dispatch reporting a two story wood frame residence with heavy smoke showing at 182 Alden Street.

Upon making entry Engine 1 found heavy fire in the kitchen which they attacked with a 1 ¾” hose line, while Rescue 1 personnel completed a search of the second floor to confirm that all residents were out of the building. With smoke pushing from the eaves above the second floor the next arriving Engine Company checked the second floor for fire extension while Ladder 2 personnel entered the basement to shut off utilities.

As the fire was being extinguished by interior crews, Engine 2 personnel were directed to establish a Rapid Intervention Team in support. Incident Commander Assistant Chief George Gomola declared a recall of alarm at 5:45 p.m. and representatives from the Fire Marshal’s Office and Building Department arrived to investigate the fire which appeared to have started in the area of the dishwasher.

“Our firefighters, led by Lt. Brian McHugh, did an excellent job of quickly extinguishing this fire and preventing fire extension to the second floor and the attic. Given the lack of working smoke detectors we are extremely fortunate this fire happened when it did.  If this fire had occurred during the middle of the night it could have resulted in extreme tragedy,” said Assistant Chief Gomola. “The importance of checking smoke detectors and insuring that they are in proper working order cannot be over stated. Please check your smoke detectors.” Engine 1 along with representatives from the Fire Marshal’s Office investigating the cause and origin of the fire were last to clear the scene at 7:05 p.m.

Fairfield Fire on the scene at 182 Alden St

Fairfield Fire on the scene at 182 Alden St

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