Firefighter Injured Battling Garage Fire in Newtown

A firefighter suffered minor injuries battling a garage fire in Newtown Sunday.

Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead said a passing firefighter called in a fire at a home on the corner of Fir Tree Lane and Berkshire Road around 1:12 p.m. Responding crews found heavy fire coming from the garage.

An elderly woman who was inside the house at the time was able to get herself to the back door and the passing firefighter helped her to safety.

The fire was quickly knocked down but firefighters remained on scene working on hotspots for some time. One firefighter hurt his arm and was being checked out by medics. No other injuries were reported.

The garage and a car stored inside were destroyed in the blaze, but the fire door prevented the fire from spreading into the main house.

Fire officials said there was some damage from heat and smoke to the main part of the home.

All five fire companies from Newtown and the Southbury fire department responded to the blaze.

The homeowner tells NBC Connecticut he lives in the home with his wife and elderly mother. He and his wife were dropping off their daughter at the airport when the fire occurred. The family is temporarily displaced.

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