Stratford firefighters responded to a 911 call from an occupant of a home at 1601 South Avenue sometime after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9. According to Deputy Chief of Operations Jonathan Gottfried, the caller was not able to communicate the nature of the emergency surrounding the 911 emergency, but when Stratford police arrived, heavy smoke was reported to be coming from the home.
The 911 operator dispatched fire apparatus, police, and EMS to what was originally thought to be a medical emergency. Multiple engines and one ladder truck were dispatched to combat the fire.
Gottfried said that the occupant was able to exit the home on his own and was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for smoke inhalation.
While the fire was extinguished in approximately 20 minutes, the home sustained significant damage.
No significant injuries were reported and the Stratford fire marshal’s were on-scene Wednesday, investigating the cause of the blaze.