House Fire Details Reinforce Importance of Preparedness, Safety

An early alert from a smoke detector and the department's quick response combined to avert a possible tragedy in the Moore Avenue fire.

A at 58 Moore Ave. in Naugatuck could have been much worse. Fortunately, though, the homeowner was quickly alerted to a fire in an upstairs bedroom by a smoke detector.

The resident was outside at the time, around 7:30 p.m., according to Chief Ken Hanks, and immediately called 911. About three minutes later, firefighters were on scene coordinating an attack and extinguishing the flames before they spread into the walls and elsewhere in the two-story house.

"They did well," Hanks said of crews from Engine 4, Truck 1 and Engine 3 from the Eastside Company. "We kept it to the room of origin and no one was injured."

Firefighters remained on scene until about 10 p.m., while the fire marshal conducted an investigation into the cause. Hanks said it was determined that the fire started when an extension cord overheated.

The cord was connected to an air conditioner in the bedroom, Hanks said. Referencing warning labels on the cords, Hanks noted that they should never be used to power major appliances that require a lot of electricty, like refrigerators, dish washers and air conditioners. "They can be very dangerous if not used properly," Hanks said of extension cords.

Fortunately, he said, the fire was spotted and extinguished before it could spread. "Everything fell perfectly into place."

Damage was primarily limited to the bedroom, though there was some smoke damage to the remainder of the house. Hanks said the residents were unable to stay at the house Sunday night, but should be back in the house very soon.

Ken Hanks July 04, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Fire protection can be broadly divided into two functions: prevention and control. Fire prevention includes fire code compliance (new construction and renovations), periodic inspection of certain properties, and public fire safety education. These efforts are in place to prevent or reduce the incidence of fires. Despite this, fires do occur in homes, mostly related to human action or inaction. Fires caused by cooking are the most common cause of home fires http://tinyurl.com/4vp3uxf. Heating equipment, electrical issues, and careless disposal of smoking materials follow. Fire control occurs when prevention measures fail. Successful fire control depends on four events to happen to reduce property loss and death or injury to the building occupants: early detection of fire to the occupants, early notification to the fire department, quick response by the fire department, and rapid application of water to the seat of the fire before a flash over occurs http://tinyurl.com/34hj3rw. Fortunately these did occur for the fire on Moore Ave. No injuries and repairable damage to the building.
Gary Jeanfaivre July 04, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Thanks for this additional info, Chief Hanks - very helpful.
Paul Singley July 04, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Thank you, Chief. Nice job firefighters.


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