FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Two people were injured and a house was destroyed during a Christmas night fire on Morehouse Lane in Fairfield.
Fairfield's Emergency Communications Center received a call at around 3:30 a.m. for a reported house fire on Morehouse Lane in the Southport section of town. The caller reported that there was a fire in the house and that all the occupants had escaped.
During the escape, one occupant jumped from a second story window, sustaining minor injuries, according to fire officials.
The first three firefighters arrived on scene under the command of Lt. Philip Higgins within 10 minutes, and found heavy fire inside the house. All available on-duty personnel and equipment were called to the scene under the direction of Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood, fire officials said.
The Westport Fire Department was also called to the scene to assist in establishing a water supply down the long and narrow roadway. The Bridgeport, Stratfield and Southport Fire Departments also assisted with station coverage.
Fire officials said that at the time of the fire, seven occupants were asleep in the home. The person who was injured while jumping out the window was taken to the hospital, as was another occupant for smoke inhalation.
Firefighting crews were still on scene late Tuesday morning, and the Fire Prevention Division will be conducting an investigation. The Red Cross and Milford Fire Department Canteen also responded to provide assistance to both the family and responders during the night's frigid temperatures.
“We would like all our residents to test their smoke alarms and please be attentive to open flames, candle usage and fire places during this holiday season,” said Chief Denis McCarthy.
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