At 2:23 PM on September 17th the Westport Fire Department received a call from a passing motorist who reported a house fire at 298 Saugatuck Avenue. The initial response was 4 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Truck and Car 3 from Westport (shift commander) and a Norwalk Fire Engine.
Engine 4 arrived within 2 minutes and found smoke and fire coming from the roof. Car 3 arrived and requested an additional truck company from Norwalk. Companies initiated an interior attack on the fire and began searching the residence. It was determined there were no occupants in the building. A family cat was missing but was located unharmed after the fire was extinguished. Within a few minutes fire had spread through the roof and second floor. Fairfield Fire Department was requested to respond to the scene with an Engine Company and Shift Commander. Multiple hose lines were placed in service and operated. Companies were withdrawn from the building and defensive (outside) operations commenced. Companies reentered the building after conditions were improved. The fire was completely extinguished at 4:44pm. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and still under investigation by the Fire Marshall’s office.
Additional units on scene were a 2nd Fairfield Engine Company, an Engine Company and Chief from Weston, and an Air Supply Unit from Stamford. Wilton fire department was called to cover fire headquarters during the duration of the call. Westport Police were called to help with traffic and crowd control. Westport EMS provided medical evaluation for the residents and provided rehabilitation for firefighters. The Red Cross was called to assist and provide aid to the residents. The Westport Fire Department would like to thank all agencies who provided assistance to the town during the duration of the incident.