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. 

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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