2 rescued after Conn. fire chief notices garage blaze

The chief was on his way home from the firehouse when he spotted the smoke

Ben Lambert
The Register Citizen, Torrington, Conn.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Firefighters put out a garage fire on Pepper Ridge Road Saturday evening, according to the Belltown Volunteer Fire Department.

Belltown Chief John Didelot “noticed an unusual amount of smoke in the area of Pepper Ridge Road and Silver Hill Lane” on his way home from the fire house Friday night, fire officials said in a release.

“Further investigation revealed heavy black smoke coming from the garage and a developing garage fire at 174 Pepper Ridge Road,” officials said. “Chief Didelot notified dispatch to transmit a working fire and removed two occupants who were trying to extinguish the fire themselves.”

Belltown firefighters arrived on scene in two minutes and 18 seconds, according to the release, then “quickly knocked down the fire.” The crews checked for extension and ventilated the home.

Stamford firefighters also responded to assist with the fire, officials said.

Firefighters were able to leave the scene and return to service in less than an hour, according to the release.

“A sharp eye and quick work by Belltown members kept this fire from becoming more significant,” officials said. “(A) true example of ‘Neighbors helping Neighbors!’”

The Stamford Fire Marshal’s Office is now investigating the cause of the fire.


©2020 The Register Citizen, Torrington, Conn.


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