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Firefighters Stop Grill Fire, Gas Leak At Fairfield Home

Fairfield Firefighters use a 'flare tower' to deal with a propane gas leak on Northwood Road Wednesday evening.
Fairfield Firefighters use a 'flare tower' to deal with a propane gas leak on Northwood Road Wednesday evening. Photo Credit: Cory Gripp, Fairfield Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield firefighters doused a grill fire at a Fairfield home Wednesday night, before relighting the flames as a controlled burn to eliminate a gas leak.

The fire was reported at a Northwood Road home just before 6 p.m. Wednesday. A propane-burning grill had become engulfed in flames, which firefighters were able to extinguish.

“Quick thinking by the son alerting his mother of the fire with quick notification of 911 and a speedy response by emergency crews prevented this from becoming a real tragedy,” Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir said in a press release.

After the fire was put out, firefighters at the scene noticed that propane gas was leaking from a 20-pound tank. Crews were unable to stop the leak, so firefighters called in a hazardous materials team to conduct a controlled burn.

Using a device called a “flare tower,” firefighters were able to safely burn off the rest of the gas in the tank. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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