FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A child was forced to jump from the second-floor window of a historic home on the Old Post Road to escape an overnight fire Saturday, Fairfield firefighters said.
The fire had fully engulfed the back of the home at 480 Old Post Road when firefighters arrived at 1:30 a.m., with flames shooting from a deck and heavy fire from both the first and second floor, said Assistant Fire Chief Schuyler Sherwood.
Early reports to firefighters said the house was occupied with a child trapped on the second floor. The child managed to jump from a second floor window, and all other occupants were able to safely evacuate before firefighters arrived, he said.
The child, who is under the age of 10, was taken to the hospital for cuts, and his father was also hospitalized for smoke inhalation, according to NBC Connecticut. Both were expected to be OK, NBC said.
The family of four children and two parents were displaced by the fire, which caused extensive damage, the Connecticut Post.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The home was built in 1816, by Roger Minot Sherman, a judge and nephew of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, according to NBC Connecticut. It is one many historic homes on the Old Post Road near the center of town.
Fire units from Westport, Bridgeport, and Easton also assisted at the scene of the fire, Sherwood said. The Stratfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Milford Canteen were also on the scene, with the Southport Volunteer Fire Department on standby.
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