Firefighters contain freezer leak

Fairfield firefighters, DEEP handle hazmat situation

Fairfield firefighters responded to a hazardous materials situation when a refrigerator began to leak in the basement of an Edgewood Road residence Friday afternoon.

A woman at the home reported that her eyes became irritated and began to water when she opened the freezer shortly after 5 p.m.

Firefighters responded and entered the basement wearing full protective gear. Meters immediately began sounding alarms as crews entered the basement, indicating that coolant had been released from the vintage refrigerator.

Firefighters closed the refrigerator and secured the scene until additional units arrived. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was contacted and responded to the scene. Additional personnel were called from the Fairfield County Hazmat team.

It was determined that due to the age of the refrigerator and the coolant that may be present that a “Level A” HazMat Entry would be conducted as a precaution. HazMat teams made two entries into the dwelling to stop the coolant leak. After containing the source of the leak Fairfield Fire Department units used fans to push air out of the structure and continued to meter the residence to ensure it was safe for the residents to re-enter.

American Medical Response was called to the scene to evaluate the resident and for a medical stand-by as crews entered the house. There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters and Hazmat crews were on scene for more than five hours.

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