4 displaced by Bridgeport fire

January 18, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — Firefighters remained on scene for several hours Wednesday after a fire in the city displaced four people.

Fire personnel responded for the call just before 1:20 p.m. on Pembroke Street between Ogden and Stillman streets, said Deputy Fire Chief Lance Edwards.

The fire department was called about smoke in a store front in the 1200 block of Pembroke Street. Edwards said the first units on scene saw the smoke but couldn’t find the fire right away. Additional companies were alerted to respond to the scene.

The building houses a storefront on the ground floor and two stories of residential housing above it.

During the primary search, Edwards said one dog was removed alive and was reunited with its owner outside.

Firefighters found the fire buried in the wall, Edwards said. He said during the extinguishment, the two-alarm fire was nearly upgraded to a three-alarm fire. There was a significant amount of fire between the first and second floors, Edwards said.

As of 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, Edwards said the fire was under control and fire personnel remained on scene checking the building for any hotspots. He said there were no injuries to any civilians or fire department personnel.

Edwards said the four people displaced by the fire were being helped by the American Red Cross.

The Stratford and Fairfield fire departments provided assistance.