Norwalk fire extinguishes blaze quickly, five apartments left unfit for occupancy
Posted on 03/03/2011
Norwalk Hour Reporting
NORWALK -- Norwalk firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a fire Thursday afternoon that started on the first floor of a Neptune Avenue apartment house.
The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire today just after 1 p.m. at 26 Neptune Avenue. Upon arrival fire crews were faced with a fire in a second floor bedroom and fire running across the attic which had been converted into living space.
The home which was located in a residential neighborhood had been converted to a rooming house for five tenants. A neighbor that reported the fire saw flames and sparks coming from the chimney. The neighbor was able to alert the lone tenant on the second floor prior to the Fire Departments arrival.
Fire crews battled the blaze for 25 minutes before bringing it under control at 1:35pm. No injuries were reported.
Fire inspector's Kurt McDonald and newly appointed Inspector Luca Feola were on scene investigating the cause of the fire, till 2:30 p.m. The area of origin under investigation concerned the external chimney for a wood burning stove that was located in a first floor common room.
The structure was posted unfit for occupancy by the Fire Marshal's Division. One tenant was relocated by the Red Cross and the other four tenants were staying with friends and family.
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