Fairfield house fire caused by homeowner thawing pipes in basement

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – With hundreds of homeowners in Connecticut battling frozen pipes, here’s another reminder of not to use a torch to do it.  Just after 10 Friday morning, Fairfield firefighters got a call about a house fire at 333 Cornell Road.  When firefighters got there the fire was burning in the basement and on the first floor.  It took them about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.  Firefighters say the fire started when the homeowner was trying to thaw out frozen pipes in the basement.  Fire officials say thanks to a quick 911 call, and a quick response by firefighters, the fire was knocked down quickly.  No one was hurt.

The American Red Cross has some advice on avoiding frozen pipes, and what to do if your pipes freeze.  http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes

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