Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Caused Fire [UPDATE]

As New Canaan rallies to help the family who lost their home in a fire, the fire marshal announces the findings of his investigation.

UPDATE: Jan. 23, 4:55pm

announced Monday that the cause of the fire at the Fawn Lane home of Dan and Peggy Lee was, the "improper disposal of smoking materials in trash can on deck in back of home." In an email to Patch, Baker said the can was a plastic household wastebasket.

UPDATE: Jan. 18, 9:38am

Elaine Lloyd commented on the original story about the Fawn Lane fire with a link to a web page for the Lee Family Fund. She also asked that anyone interested in contributing photos contact her: laney.lloyd@gmail.com

UPDATE: Jan. 17, 4:30 p.m.

The Bank of New Canaan has established a fund to assist the Lee family, who lost their home on Fawn Lane, in a fire Sunday. 

Kevin Randall, of the bank, commented on the original story:

'The Bank of New Canaan has established the Dan and Peggy Lee Family Fund. 
Please join us in helping our neighbors and their children in this time of extreme need. We are accepting checks or cash at both of our branches. 208 Elm Street & 156 Cherry Street. ( Please make checks out to the Lee Family Fund).'


The cause of the Sunday morning fire that destroyed the home of Daniel B. Lee at 43 Fawn Lane is under investigation, according to .

Baker said in an email that cold weather created challenges for the firefighters, specifically icing, and that yesterday's wind was also a factor. He praised neighbors who were able to shelter the displaced residents of the home.

responded Sunday at 11:26 a.m. and were assisted by crews from Norwalk, Wilton, Weston, Ridgefield, and Pound Ridge, N.Y., Karl said, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Town records state that the home, which was purchased in 1996 by Daniel B. Lee for $472,500, was a split-level home of just more than 2300 square feet. 

Four Jacks January 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Is it really necessary to include the purchase price and square footage of the home?
Annie Livingstone January 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I agree with Gloria, this family is suffering and needs support, let's get info out there like; ways to help, who cares about purchase $, it is a home where this man raised his children.
Jeff M January 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Hopefully Ms. Preziosi will follow this up with how the fire started (and, therefore, things readers could do to prevent this at their homes) and other RELEVANT/HELPFUL information... if not the revised value of the home.
r January 16, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Is it possible for patch to let us know what help, if any, this family needs?
Rinda Farnham January 17, 2012 at 04:45 AM
This family left their home with whatever they had on at the time. No money , clothes, computers etc. Baby pictures they will never replace. Lets show them we are the Next Station to Heaven with help so they can try and start their life over. Maybe we can send checks to Bank of New Canaan, David and Peggy Lee
Jane Preziosi January 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Rinda, I have reached out to several sources in town and will let you know more about what I learn about how and where to offer help to the Lee's.
Susan Boston January 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Friends should go through their own pictures and scan copies where the Lee children are included, make photo cd's to try and give them some sort of photo history. This may sound silly, but photo's are something I think they will appreciate.Also please let us know who is going to be the point person in town to let us know what we can do to help.
Beth Dwyer January 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
That's a really nice suggestion, Susan, as those are the things that truly can't be replaced.
Randy Brown January 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I have no personal knowledge of the lee's situation, but having presided over the insurance side of many of these, I can offer some general suggestions to people who want to help. The family will need to find a local house to rent, insurance should pay, but sometimes word of mouth can locate a suitable dwelling at a price that will help them stretch their coverage. One of the most difficult tasks is putting together a list of all the possessions they had, and any friends who have pictures of the interior of the house can make them available as it jogs the memory and makes the process of putting it all in list form easier. When you've lost everything, the simplest of items can be helpful. Imagine being put out on the street and given a check........it doesn't mean that you don't have to go out and get everything, and some of that stuff is sitting around your house in a closet or your garage. If you know them, bring them over after they have found a house to rent and let them do some "attic shopping". The family are are feeling one of the deepest forms of violation, the place they thought was safe was not, and furthermore it is gone. The only cure for that is friendship and understanding, as the worst part of one of these is the emotional trauma that creeps up on the family as the shock wears off. If you know the Lee's, reach out, but don't ask a lot of questions, just sit back and be there to listen, then you'll know what to do.
Mary O'Sullivan January 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Please let us know how to contact the Lee's point person so we know what they need and how to get it to them. They are such a nice family. Thank God they all got out alive.
Kevin Randall January 17, 2012 at 06:44 PM
The Bank of New Canaan has established the Dan and Peggy Lee Family Fund. Please join us in helping our neighbors and their children in this time of extreme need. We are accepting checks or cash at both of our branches. 208 Elm Street & 156 Cherry Street. ( Please make checks out to the Lee Family Fund)
Jane Preziosi January 17, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Kevin, Thanks so much for this information. We've heard from many community members who wanted to know how they could be of help to the Lee's.
David Popoff January 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM
This great that the community comes together in a time of such need. Since they literally escaped with nothing but the shirts on their backs and they have no place for storage the cash donation seems like the best alternative. Thank you Bank of New Canaan for organizing this. I would suggest a Facebook page so we can all stay up to date and be informed if more assistance is needed.
elaine lloyd January 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM
http://www.gofundme.com/LeeFamilyFund if you would like to donate online and I am collecting photos, you can contact me at: laney.lloyd@gmail.com
Suzi Covino January 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
A Facebook Page has been set up for the Lees: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Family-Fund/210479912379508 The Best way to donate is directly at The Bank of New Canaan to: The Daniel & Peggy Lee Family Fund Credit Card donations can be placed at this site: http://www.gofundme.com/LeeFamilyFund I feel honored and proud to live in such a wonderful and caring community...truly is the "Next Station to Heaven"
Jane Preziosi January 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Suzi, Thanks to Elaine and to you for spreading the word about how to assist the Lee's. Jane
Rinda Farnham January 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Thanks Jane Preziosi for putting this all together. You did a great job. I suggested the Bank of New Canaan because I knew they would help out. Rinda Farnham
elaine lloyd January 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Do you have photos of the Lee family you want to share with them to replace the lost memories? Please send a disc or actual photos to 123 Talmadge Hill Rd or email them to me: laney.lloyd@gmail.com or upload them to the this Shutterfly website http://photosforleefamily.shutterfly.com/


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