Firefighters douse apartment fire

BEACON FALLS — A fire at an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon left at least one apartment uninhabitable for now.

Beacon Hose Company No. 1 received a report of a structure fire at the Beacon Hill Apartments, 40 Noe Place, at 12:52 p.m., Fire Chief Brian DeGeorge said. He said he arrived on the scene within minutes and smoke was coming out of window of a second floor apartment and a roof vent.

DeGeorge said the fire started in the bathroom of a second floor apartment where work was being done to replace a valve. He said contractors doing the work were on the scene when he arrived and pinpointed where the fire was burning.

The first crew on the scene entered the apartment building and put out the fire, DeGeorge said.

“They were able to hit it pretty good and put a stop to it quickly,” he said.

DeGeorge said the fire was listed as under control at 1:29 p.m. No one was injured.

Firefighters opened walls, ceilings and other areas in the apartment to check see where the fire had spread. DeGeorge said the fire had spread to the walls, but firefighters were able to stop it before it got to the roof.

DeGeorge said the apartment where the fire started is occupied and is uninhabitable for the time being. He said a couple other apartments were also damaged but it wasn’t clear whether they were uninhabitable.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Naugatuck, Bethany, Oxford and Seymour fire departments provided mutual aid to Beacon Hose.

The Beacon Hill Apartments is owned by the Beacon Hill Apartments LLC out of Ansonia. The complex has two buildings, each with eight two-bedroom and four one-bedroom apartments, according to property records.