New Canaan House Fire Knocked Down Quickly

A working fire was reported at a home on Bald Hill Road in New Canaan at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officials at 68 Bald Hill Road said two occupants were at the house during the incident and were at a neighbor's home, unharmed, following the fire. A black cat "self-extricated and headed for the woods," New Canaan Fire Chief Jack Hennessey said, though its whereabouts were unknown Thursday night. A dog at the home had been corralled and was safe as well, he added.

"When we arrived there was fire showing through the walls on the first floor and smoke visible from the second floor and roof," said Hennessey. "We were able to knock it down relatively quickly. The home is very repairable."

There was visible damage to the front of the home, with the walls spanning both the first and second floor along the side of the chimney having been torn open, as well as a hole that was breached in the roof.

Hennessey said the fire had traveled up through the walls, so the department opened them up window-to-window to make sure there was "nothing else hiding in there." He noted the home was very old, so a Fire Watch would remain at the scene on standby overnight to make sure there was no rekindling.

Pound Ridge, Vista, Wilton, Norwalk and New Canaan police and fire departments all responded to the call while Stamford sent units to assist with coverage in the town during the response. The Red Cross was also on scene to provide assistance if necessary.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Don Gesualdi November 14, 2013 at 07:12 PM
L. Gaeta November 15, 2013 at 07:10 AM


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