FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield firefighters responding to a smoky blaze in the basement of a home on Knapps Highway on Wednesday morning came to the rescue of the family's pets, fire officials said.
When firefighters arrived at the home at 10:50 a.m., they reported heavy smoke coming from the basement and immediately began to work on putting out the blaze.
Shortly after firefighters arrived, the homeowner said all of the residents were out of the house but the family's animals were trapped in the basement. At that point, all the Fairfield Fire Department resources were called to the scene.
Firefighters were able to rescue all of the animals -- rabbits and a cat -- from the burning house. After getting the fire under control, the department conducted an extensive ventilation operation at the house.
The blaze was under control by about 11:20 a.m. No injuries were reported.
“This family is extremely fortunate that there were no injuries as a result of the fire since there were no working smoke detectors in the area of the fire," Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood said.
There was smoke damage to the basement but little damage elsewhere, Sherwood said.
The fire marshal’s office is still investigating the cause of the blaze.
Every home should have working smoke detectors as "smoke detectors save lives and that every home should have working smoke detectors on every floor and in the sleeping areas,” Sherwood said.