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Orange Firefighters Douse House Fire, Rescue Family’s Pets

By DOUG FENICHEL, Correspondent | July 10, 2020 | CONNECTICUT

Story No. 071320100

Orange, CT - An Orange family came home on the night of July 10th to find their home on fire, but members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire, saving the home and rescuing the family’s pets.

Firefighters were called to 538 Chippendale Lane around 9:15 P.M. after the family arrived home to discover heavy smoke in their garage.

“The smoke came rolling out when their garage door went up,” said Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas. “They immediately dialed 9-1-1 and we responded.”

When firefighters arrived at the 2,300-square-foot ranch-style home, they found heavy smoke throughout. Using thermal imaging cameras, they checked the entire home and found the fire in a 200-square-foot room in the basement.

“Once we found it, we were able to knock it down quickly,” said Dumas. “Heavy smoke and high amounts of carbon monoxide had filled the home, so we ventilated the house.” Firefighters also pulled three dogs to safety.

Dumas said the family routinely kept the door to the basement room closed, and that minimized the spread of the fire.

“Closing doors is an important way to stop the spread of fire and protect yourself from fire,” said Dumas. “In this case, it kept the fire contained to the room in the basement. We could see the charring and the soot on the back of the door to the room. It’s a great lesson about keeping doors closed, including bedroom doors at night. Underwriters Laboratories has done studies that show the significant amount of heat and carbon monoxide that a closed door can block.”

Dumas said the fire caused about $100,000 in damages to the home. Deputy Fire Marshal Timothy Borer is leading the investigation of the fire.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.