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Lightning Leads To Multiple Structure Fires In Fairfield

Fire in Fairfield.
Fire in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

Multiple fires broke out early Thursday night after storms with heavy downpours and lightning swept through the area.

The Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a structure fire at 1300 Mill Hill Road in the Town of Fairfield at 6:38 p.m. Engines 1, 3, 4, 5, Ladder 2, Rescue 1, and Car 3 responded. Engine 4 arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from a large detached garage.

Units used multiple hand lines to battle the blaze.

Incident Commander, Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood, stated that the homeowners were very lucky the fire was discovered in the early stages by a delivery person or the damage could have been much worse.

One firefighter suffered serious facial injuries and was transported to the hospital by American Medical Response. His injuries were not life-threatening. The last fire unit cleared the scene at 9:25 p.m.

Shortly after the alarm was received for Mill Hill Road, the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call for smoke in a structure at 744 Gilbert Highway. Fairfield Engine 2, Car 5, and a mutual aid assignment from the Westport Fire Department responded.

Westport units arrived on scene and reported the invisible dog fence transformer in the residence had shorted out, possibly as a result of the lightning strike, causing a smoke condition in the residence.

There were no reported injuries. The last unit cleared the scene at 7:34 p.m.

The cause of both fires are being investigated by the Fairfield Fire Marshal.

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