A firefighter was injured while rescuing a pet rabbit from a burning Fairfield home on Sunday. Another firefighter suffered some minor burns while battling the blaze, authorities said.
The fire broke out on Mountain Laurel Road at a 8,900-square-foot home at 5:53 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find a three-car attached garage on fire with two cars in the driveway also ablaze.
The fire quickly spread from the garage to the attic, according to the fire department. The fire was under control in around an hour.
Crews from the Bridgeport Fire Department, Southport Volunteer Fire Department, Westport Fire Department and Easton Fire Department provided mutual aid and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
The two injured firefighters were transported by ambulance to the hospital.
The firefighter who received minor burns while operating a hose line inside the building was released to return to work, but the firefighter who injured his leg while rescuing the family pet required continuing medical treatment.
“The family was very lucky that no one was injured during this fast-moving fire, which occurred while the house was occupied.” Assistant Chief Scott Bisson said in a statement. “With the change of season upon us, the department would like to remind all residents to review safe cooking, campfire and outdoor fire practices.”
Crews remained at the scene until midnight, keeping an eye on smoldering materials at the scene.
The house is uninhabitable and the residents were relocated to a neighbor’s house pending repairs.