On Sunday March 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM Fairfield Firefighters responded to a reported house fire at 186 Shiller Road. The Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call from a neighbor that “smoke was coming from the back of the house” next door and that “it smelled like wood.” When Lt. Corbo from Engine 2 arrived on scene he reported heavy smoke coming the gable ends of the house. According to Asst. Chief George Gomola, the fire incident commander, smoke was coming from every opening in the building, from the basement through the roof. Neighbors reported that there were 2 people who were missing may be trapped inside the fire building. While Engine 3 crew attacked the basement fire the crew of Engine 2, led by Lt. William Tuttle conducted a primary search and located a family pet, a small dog, which was rescued by FF. Brian Madia. The occupants, a young couple, were not home at the time of the incident. The fire originated in the basement of the dwelling and had started to extend to the first floor before it was extinguished by firefighters. Heavy smoke and fire damage was experienced in the basement, but thanks to the quick work of the fire crews damage on the first and second floors was limited. The occupants expressed sincere gratitude for the work of the firefighters in saving their home and rescuing their dog. Assistant Chief George Gomola credited the neighbor for alerting them in time to make a difference. “If the fire had not been reported quickly by an observant neighbor the outcome would have been very different, especially for the family pet.” The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire Marshal Bill Kessler. The Bridgeport Fire Department provided mutual aid standby coverage at Station 2 for the incident. All 5 engines, Ladder 1 and Ladder 2 responded t

By Stephen Krauchick

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