SOUTHINGTON - Four area fire departments were called in for mutual aid on Wednesday, as a morning fire caused extensive damage to a local home.
Firefighters were called to 1198 Flanders Road, a 5,200-square-foot home that sits about 600 feet off the road, at around 9 a.m. on the report of a working structure fire. They encountered heavy smoke in the rear of the home and a fire that appeared to have originated in a propane-powered pizza oven in a patio area, according to Eric Heath, interim fire chief.
The fire, Heath said, extended to the interior of the two-story home and caused “significant damage.” There was also some water damage, he said. One person, the homeowner who called in the fire, and multiple pets made it out of the home safely.
No injuries were reported.
Because Southington firefighters were tied up at a chemical spill reported earlier in the day, mutual aid was called in to fire departments in New Britain, Bristol, Plainville and Cheshire, and a statewide mutual aid task force was asked to cover the rest of the town.
Heath said the blaze took between 45 minutes to an hour to get fully under control. The remoteness of the home was somewhat of a challenge for firefighters, as the house was quite a distance from a fire hydrant. There were steady winds during the fire, but Heath said it did not cause much of an issue.
Battalion Fire Chief Glenn Dube added that the fire made its way into the walls of the home and a lot of “nooks and crannies,” which made it difficult to completely extinguish.
According to Heath, the roof over a patio area and one to a four-season room had to be ventilated as firefighters battled the blaze.
It was unclear Wednesday afternoon if the residents of the home would need to relocate for the time-being.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Both Dube and Heath said the mutual aid system in place worked very well.
“I commend our mutual aid partners that came in…as well as the task forces covering our town, and I appreciate their services,” Heath said.
“The system worked the way it’s supposed to,” Dube said, adding that firefighters from all towns involved worked “seamlessly” together.
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