Fire destroys detached garage in Beacon Falls

Firefighters battle a fire in a detached garage at 132 Blackberry Hill Road in Beacon Falls Sunday morning. –BEACON HOSE

BEACON FALLS — A blaze destroyed a detached garage on Blackberry Hill Road early Sunday morning, but firefighters were able to save a nearby house from the same fate.

Beacon Hose Company No. 1 responded to a fire at 132 Blackberry Hill Road shortly after 4:20 a.m. and the first engine was on the scene by about 4:30 a.m. The garage was fully engulfed with flames shooting out of the roof by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, and the fire was threatening to spread to a house about 15 feet away, Beacon Hose Public Information Officer Jeremy Rodorigo said.

Rodorigo said the intense heat from the fire melted the siding on the house and broke windows on the side of the house facing the garage.

“If the call had come in a minute or two later, we would have been going to a house fire too,” Rodorigo said.

Firefighters concentrated their efforts at first on dousing the house so the fire didn’t spread to the home, Rodorigo said. They stopped the fire from involving the house and had the blaze under control in about 15 minutes.

“The guys really saved that house,” said Rodorigo, who added the quick response time was also impressive.

Rodorigo said a young couple with a baby live in the house. He said the couple noticed the fire and all three got out of the house safely. No firefighters were injured either, he said.

The fire completely destroyed the garage and its contents, including two cars, but the house is inhabitable, Rodorigo said.

Fire Marshal Eddie Rodriguez said the cause of the fire is under investigation. He said the cause appears to be electrical, but other causes, including the cars, need to be ruled out before that can officially be determined. He said the state fire marshal’s office is assisting in the investigation and added the fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Rodriguez complimented firefighters on their actions to prevent the fire from spreading to the home.

“They did a great job stopping it. Kudos to them,” he said.

Firefighters from Bethany provided mutual aid at the scene. Crews from Oxford and Seymour provided mutual aid coverage during the fire.