Firefighters contain a house fire on Ryegate Terrace

Firefighters respond to a fire at a home on Ryegate Terrace Monday morning. Monroe Volunteer Fire Department photo

MONROE, CT — Firefighters responded to a house fire on Ryegate Terrace Monday morning after a neighbor saw smoke coming from behind the home around 6:30 a.m. They found flames coming from a back window, forced entry into the house and quickly contained the fire to the room of origin, according to a post on Monroe Volunteer Fire Department No. 1’s Facebook page.

“The residents were not home at the time and no one was injured,” Monroe Fire Chief Kevin Catalano said. “While fire damage was limited, the rest of the home suffered smoke damage and is not habitable, but the residents secured alternative housing.”

Monroe Volunteer Fire Department photoMonroe Fire Marshal William “Bill” Davin said the cause of the fire was unintentional and he believes it originated from an equipment malfunction.
Catalano thanked the alert neighbor and her son for spotting the smoke, calling 911 and calling the resident to make sure no one was home.”Had it not been for their actions, the fire damage would have been much more extensive,” Catalano said. “The home also had working smoke alarms, which were sounding when firefighters arrived.”He said the fire was held in check within 15 minutes of firefighters’ arrival, adding crews remained on the scene for about two hours for overhaul and ventilation.

In addition to Monroe, volunteer firefighters from Stepney and Stevenson responded to the emergency call, along with a crew from Long Hill Fire Department. The White Hills Fire Department provided station coverage to cover any other calls in town.

Monroe police, the Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and Fire Marshals were also on scene.

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