Fairfield high-rise apartment fire displaces residents

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FAIRFIELD — Firefighters extinguished a “labor-intensive” blaze on the roof of a high-rise residential building late Wednesday night, according to fire officials.

Firefighters were dispatched around 9:45 p.m. to a report of a fire on the rooftop deck at the Alto Fairfield Metro Complex on Kings Highway, according to Assistant Fire Chief Erik Kalapir.

Within minutes, the first unit on scene reported smoke coming from the top of the sixth floor deck.

Kalapir said residents evacuated the building after one of them pulled an alarm for the building.

The fire was hidden deep inside a decorative fireplace, Kalapri said. Fire crews used power saws and other hand tools to get to the flames.

A total of 33 firefighters responded, 23 from Fairfield and 10 from Bridgeport who responded as mutual aid, Kalapri said. Bridgeport, Westport and Easton fire units provided station coverage during the incident.

Crews set down tarps to contain the water damage and quickly put out the flames. Nine residential units still suffered water damage. The occupants of five of those nine units had to relocate, Kalapri said.

There were no reported injuries. The total value of the property saved is more than $20 million, Kalapri said.

The fire remains under investigation.