A sleeping homeowner was able to escape a fast-moving fire in Hamden Monday due to the quick actions of neighbors who woke him up.
Hamden firefighters said they were called to the home at 114 Fallon Drive around 2:52 p.m. The homeowner was sleeping at the time of the fire, but neighbors were able to wake him up by banging on doors and windows. The man made it out, but the family dog could not escape and was killed in the fire. No other injuries were reported.
Fire officials said it appears the fire spread quickly from the attached carport to the rest of the home. Gusty winds aided the spread of the flames and hampered firefighting efforts.
The home was significantly damaged by the fire and the family will be staying with relatives.
The heat from the fire was so strong it damaged the vinyl siding of a nearby home.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.