Explosion, fire damage house

Fairfield firefighters remind residents to keep grills away from houses

Fairfield firefighters are reminding residents about grill safety after an explosion and fire on Half Mile Road Saturday.

Flames consume a Half Mile Road house before being contained by Fairfield firefighters on Saturday, June 16. — Photo by Corey Gripp, Fairfield Fire Department

Flames consume a Half Mile Road house before being contained by Fairfield firefighters on Saturday, June 16. — Photo by Corey Gripp, Fairfield Fire Department

The Fire Department is crediting a quick response and aggressive attack with preventing further damage to to the 2,100-square-foot Colonial.

Residents said there was an explosion, then fire at the single-family home.

Within 11 minutes the first alarm assignment of 20 firefighters arrived on scene. Firefighters faced an extensive fire, and said smoke and flames could be seen towering over the home from across the street by neighbors.

Lt. Phil Higgins and Engine Company 1 stretched the first hose line to control the fire. The ladder company prepared for rooftop ventilation and used hand tools to ventilate burnings areas. Toxic and cancerous smoke was removed from the residence by the rescue company using powerful fans.

There were no injuries associated with this incident. The occupants were able to escape and notify Fairfield Emergency Communication Center in a timely fashion.

Mutual-aid fire companies from Westport and Bridgeport responded for station coverage.

Firefighters estimated the monetary save at $350,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir reminded residents that “proper spacing of 10 feet from combustibles needs to be provided for grilling appliances, and please make sure that all propane connections are tight before use.”

Fairfield firefighters attack flames at a Half Mile Road house Saturday, June 16. — Photo by Corey Gripp, Fairfield Fire Department

Fairfield firefighters attack flames at a Half Mile Road house Saturday, June 16. — Photo by Corey Gripp, Fairfield Fire Department

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