Chief urges caution following fires


BEACON FALLS — After battling three fires in one day, the town’s fire chief is urging residents to use caution when heating their homes this winter.

“Due to the cold conditions, people are obviously using alternate heating methods,” Chief Jim Trzaski said. “Even though it’s cold outside, when there’s no snow on the ground, it’s very dry conditions,” which increases the risk for fire.

Beacon Hose Company No. 1 responded to three fires Jan. 8 — two brush fires and one structure fire, which remains under investigation.

The brush fires were caused by the improper disposal of ashes. Trzaski said they could have evolved into a more dangerous situation, though, because they ignited within 10 feet of other structures.

“Ashes can stay hot enough for several days and should be disposed of in a metal container,” Trzaski said.

The structure fire at 439 Rimmon Hill Road remains under investigation, but Trzaski said the cause is believed to be creosote that had built up in the home’s flue. The blaze caused fire damage to one room on the second floor, and smoke damage to the entire second floor.

Three people were displaced as a result.

“It’s a good example of why it’s important to properly maintain flues,” Trzaski said.

For more information on winter fire safety, visit or call (203) 729-1470.