Jan 10, 2008
Attic fire causes smoke damage

Firefighters were able to contain a fire before it had a chance to spread throughout a home on Ridge Lane.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, approximately 25 members of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and four members of the Wilton Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call about a fire at 15 Ridge Lane.

“When we arrived, we found smoke coming from two vents at the end of the house,” said Fire Chief John Pokorny, who was one of the first on the scene.

Through a window in the back, Chief Pokorny said, he saw a small fire in the ceiling of one of the rooms. Members of the Wilton Fire Department cut a four-by-four-foot hole in the roof to let the heat and smoke escape.

While they were doing that, Weston firefighters brought a hose line to the front of the house and proceeded with it to the pulldown stairs of the attic.

“When we got into the attic we noticed there was a lot of fire in a small attic area. When we went to the room underneath the attic, we opened up the ceiling and that’s where the fire was coming from,” Chief Pokorny said.

The fire was contained and did not spread any further in the home. Members of the department remained on the scene until after 7 a.m. to work on areas of the attic and ceiling.

Chief Pokorny said the house sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

All the occupants of the house, including a family dog, escaped quickly after the fire started and no one was injured. Members of Weston EMS were on the scene but were not needed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Chief Pokorny, who is also the town’s fire marshal, said one probable cause could be a faulty ceiling light in a bathroom.

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