Fire in house un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions dis­places 10

The News-Times - - NEWS - By Ken­dra Baker

NEW FAIR­FIELD — Ten in­di­vid­u­als are re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance from the Amer­i­can Red Cross af­ter a house on Smoke Hill Drive caught fire Tues­day.

Calls started com­ing in about a pos­si­ble elec­tri­cal fire at 7 Smoke Hill Drive around 10 a.m.

Neigh­bors re­ported see­ing “sparks com­ing from the side of the house,” dis­patch said.

The ranch-style house was un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions when the fire broke out.

A small work crew and “a cou­ple oc­cu­pants” were home when the fire broke out, but no one was in­jured, Fire Mar­shal Der­rek Guertin said.

Fire­fight­ers couldn’t go near the fire un­til the power was shut off. Smoke seeped out from the win­dows and roof of the sin­gle-fam­ily home as fire­fight­ers waited for util­ity com­pany Ever­source to ar­rive.

Ever­source pulled up to the scene and cut off the power at 10:45 a.m., al­low­ing fire­fight­ers to safely hose down the in­side of the house.

“This has got to be the worst case sce­nario — want­ing to do some­thing but can’t,” a re­spon­der on scene said as fire­fight­ers waited for the en­ergy com­pany.

The fire was knocked down by 11:52 a.m.

The fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion but ap­pears to have been “ac­ci­den­tal in na­ture,” Guertin said.

Ken­dra Baker / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a fire at 7 Smoke Hill Drive in New Fair­field on May 14, 2019.

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