Windsor fire started with smoldering smoldering material: Fire Marshal | Windsor


WINDSOR – The Windsor Volunteer Fire Department responded to an early morning fire at 108 Winthrop Street on Monday that burned the roof of the house and made it uninhabitable.

The Office of the Fire Marshal determined through an investigation that the cause of the fire was negligent disposal of smoking equipment. The resulting damage displaced six family members who lived on the raised ranch.

Deputy Fire Chief Steven Bianchi said only one minor injury had occurred and a firefighter cut his finger.

The blaze started when a plastic container of smoking material on the back deck of the house had not been fully extinguished, the investigation said. The materials began to smolder, eventually setting the siding of the house on fire. The flames made their way to the attic before engulfing the roof.

Firefighters received a call for a structural fire at 5:39 a.m., and by the time firefighters arrived, the flames had already spread to the roof, Bianchi said. The flames spread more easily because the attic is an open space, Bianchi said. It took about 45 minutes for the firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

The investigation also revealed that the house did not have working smoke detectors.

“It would be a great opportunity for (residents) to check their own smoke detectors and make sure they have them inside and outside every sleeping area on every level of their home.” said Fire Inspector Lauri Volkert.

The American Red Cross said it provided the displaced family members with comfort kits containing personal care items and put them in contact with social workers.

Austin Mirmina is the economics reporter for Journal Inquirer and also covers the city of Windsor.

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