Milford fire severely damages house, injures firefighters

An Easter Sunday fire severely damaged a single family house on Naugatuck Avenue in the evening.

According to a release from the Milford Fire Department, fire dispatchers received a 911 call about 6:27 p.m. reporting a fire on the front porch of the home. Firefighters were clearing an incident in a nearby area and had arrived on scene within three minutes of being dispatched.

First arriving units encountered a large volume of fire on the first floor that was extending up into the second floor of the two and a half story home. A hose line was quickly advanced into the structure in an effort to suppress the fire, but strong winds fueled the fire’s spread into the second floor and attic areas of the residence.

Firefighters battled the blaze for more than 45 minutes. The majority of the structure suffered severe damage, leaving the home uninhabitable for the three occupants. A resident of the home had made an unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the fire by retrieving a garden hose before firefighters had arrived, which delayed the report of the blaze.

Two firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. Both were treated on scene by fire department paramedics and transported to Milford Hospital for evaluation.

A Milford Red Cross representative arrived on scene to provide assistance for the displaced occupants. Milford’s Fire Marshal’s division is investigating the incident.