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Fairfield officials: Call 911 immediately to report fires

March 13, 2019 GMT

FAIRFIELD - Fire officials said an attic fire in a Fairfield Place house Tuesday afternoon delivered an important message: Call 911 immediately.

A neighbor called the Emergency Communications Center reporting workers were on the roof trying to put out the fire with a garden hose.

“The delay caused by the workers on scene attempting to control the fire themselves instead of calling 911 and reporting the fire created a very dangerous situation for the workers and firefighters,” said Assistant Chief George Gomola.

“It is extremely important to notify 911 immediately when there is a fire or other emergency.”

Fortunately, there were no injuries and firefighters were able to quickly confine the fire.

Lt. Brian McHugh and Fairfield Engine 4 were the first to arrive on the scene, noting that heavy smoke was coming from the attic area.

Assisted by firefighters from Engines, 4, 1 and Rescue 1, he stretched a hose line from the second floor, opened up walls and the ceiling, quickly exposing and extinguishing the fire.

Gomola arrived on the scene and took command.

Firefighters from Ladder 2 and Engine 2 laddered the house and cut a hole in the roof, allowing the smoke and heat to escape.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire Marshal Phil Higgins.

“Quick action by Lt. McHugh confined the fire to the the attic area and prevented the wind-driven fire from burning off the roof and consuming the second floor,” Gomola said.