Westport FD Saves Home, Pets from Fire

A total of four family pets were located and moved to safety by firefighters.


Westport Fire Department responded to a residential fire alarm at a Darbrook Road residence just before 9 a.m. Monday morning. 

The shift commander and a fire truck from headquarters were dispatched to investigate the cause of the alarm. Upon arrival at the residence the Assistant Chief walked up to the front door, heard the smoke alarms sounding and saw smoke in the residence towards the rear of the house, according to Westport Fire Department Assistant Chief John Plofkin, Jr.

The incident was then immediately upgraded to a structural fire response bringing three additional Engine companies and a truck company, Plofkin said.

Firefighters entered the home and found a fire in the kitchen which involved a dishwasher, adjacent cabinets and a portion of the floor. 

“A 1 ½” hand line was stretched to a side door while Engine 2 personnel were able to “knock down” the majority of the fire with a pressurized water extinguisher,” Plofkin said.  “Additional arriving companies were deployed to the basement area to check for fire extension while other companies did a search of the upper floors.” 


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A total of four family pets were located and moved to safety by firefighters.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Westport Fire marshal’s office and there were no reported injuries, Plofkin said.

“Residents are reminded to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on November 4th when we change our clocks,” he said.  “The outcome experienced at this fire would have been a much different if it had not been for the early notification of the functioning smoke detectors and the premises having a monitored alarm system.” 


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