Fairfield house fire sends child, adult to the hospital

Photo courtesy of the Fairfield Fire Department.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Fairfield Fire Department is investigating a house fire early Saturday morning.

According to authorities, at 1:28 a.m., the fire department received multiple calls reporting a house on fire on Old Post Road in Fairfield. They say as units were heading their way to the fire, they received reports that a child was trapped on the second floor of the house.

When the first units arrived, authorities say they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the house. They say the family and visiting guests were found outside the home.

Fire Officials say before units arrived the child trapped inside the house had jumped from a second floor bedroom window and sustained injuries.

Authorities say, due to the older style of the house’s construction, the fire had quickly spread into hidden void spaces and traveled inside the walls from the first floor up to the attic. They say this made fire control extremely challenging.

Officials say units from Westport, Bridgeport, and Easton fire departments were called to the scene to assist in the extinguish and overhaul of the fire. They say Stratfield Volunteer Fire Department assisted units by filling air bottles on the scene.

Authorities say there were three ambulances on the scene and provided rehabilitation support for firefighters. They say Milford Fire canteen was called for support as well.

Fire Officials say no firefighters were injured. They say two family members, an adult and a 10-year-old child, were transported to the hospital for medical care and remain hospitalized.

The Fairfield Fire Department says the house is not habitable due to the fire damage. The residences of the house are being relocated to temporary housing.

Officials say the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s Office.

Assistant Chief Roger Caisse, the incident commander states, “Fires like this one should serve as a reminder about the importance of having working smoke detectors to alert occupants and an established meeting place outside in the event of a fire.”

 

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