FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Smoke was coming from the front door of the home at 63 Lockwood Road as Fairfield firefighters responded to a report of a basement fire at noon Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to fire officials.
The first engine company arrived in less than five minutes from the time of the alarm, fire officials said.
The elderly occupants of the home had evacuated before the fire department arrived, and they directed firefighters to the basement, where they encountered blackout conditions.
Fire personnel quickly located the fire and extinguished it with hose lines, preventing it from spreading to the first floor of the home.
Additional units ventilated smoke from the house with large fans and searched for hidden fire in the walls and floor joists with thermal imaging cameras.
No injuries were reported.
Hazardous levels of fire gases were detected inside the house after the blaze was extinguished, and they were ventilated by fire department personnel before the homeowners were allowed to return.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s office, however, it appears to be related to a dehumidifier.
“The Fairfield Fire Department would like to remind everyone about the importance of having working smoke detectors in the home and having an escape plan when they sound an alarm,” Fairfield Fire Incident Commander Assistant Chief Scott Bisson said.
“The smoke alarms were the first indication to the elderly residents that the house was on fire and allowed them time to safely escape the thick black smoke.”
There was extensive smoke damage to the entire home and its contents, however it remains livable and structurally sound.
The last fire unit cleared the scene at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday.
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