A dramatic house fire shut down Saugatuck Avenue today, near Saugatuck Shores.
“06880” reader Michelle Benner reports that Westport, Norwalk, Weston, Fairfield and Stamford fire departments — and chiefs — were all there.
The fire burned for over an hour and a half. An hour in, the owners had a fireman pull a vintage red sports car out of the garage.
Stamford’s department arrived with a special truck to refill oxygen tanks.
Eversource came 45 minutes in to cut the line from the utility pole. It took a while because they couldn’t drive the truck over the hose connected to the hydrant (which was fortunately right across the street from the burning house). The line had to cut it by hand with a long pole, instead of using the cherry picker.
Firefighters brought hoses into the house, and fought the fire from inside. Water shot up out of the roof, as flames and black/brown smoke continued to pour out.
“It was heartbreaking to see,” Michelle says. “Thankfully, it appears no one got hurt.”
“But it was heartwarming to see the firefighters working together, the other towns coming in to help, and how protective the chiefs were of their men.
“The guys who climb out on the ladder to fight the fire from above are especially brave!”