Woodbridge fire displaces four, sends another to the hospital

A residential fire in Woodbridge Friday left one family displaced and sent a firefighter to the hospital with a head injury, according to reports.

The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. on Inwood Road in Woodbridge.

When fire crews arrived, they found the family of four who lived there safely outside. The home, however, was fully engulfed in flames that, at points, stretched nearly 20 feet in the air, officials said.

Since there were no hydrants in the area, a Seymour fire tanker was called to the scene to assist Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department with the fire.

Further complicating matters were the night’s high winds gusts and freezing temperatures, which combined to create ice as firefighters tried to fight the flames with water. Additional crews were eventually called in to deice the roads.

A live power line down at the scene also required assistance from the United Illuminating Company.

The fire took more than two hours for firefighters to extinguish. When the live flames were quenched, crews brought in an excavator to search the debris for additional hotspots.

Officials said that they believe the fire began in the home’s attached garage, though the exact cause of the fire is still uncertain.

While battling the fire, one firefighter suffered a gash to his head and was transported to a local hospital. It is uncertain which company the firefighter was from.

While Woodbridge fire units worked — with the help of units from other nearby towns — to put out the fire, Seymour’s engine 13 was providing town-wide coverage for Woodbridge.