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Darien home badly damaged in fire

Published 7:28 pm, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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  • Darien and Noroton Heights firefighters responded to a structure fire at 261 Hollow Tree RIdge Road on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, in Darien, Conn. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard / Darien News freelance
Jeanna Petersen Shepard
    Darien and Noroton Heights firefighters responded to a structure fire at 261 Hollow Tree RIdge Road on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, in Darien, Conn. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard

 

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DARIEN -- A fire that broke out on the second floor of a Darien home Wednesday caused extensive damage to the second floor of the home, gutting the master bedroom.

When firefighters arrived at the two-story home at 261 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, "fire was blowing out of the roof," Noroton Heights Fire Chief Ron Riolo said.

The fire was reported at 12:46 p.m. and about 40 firefighters from Noroton, Noroton Heights and Darien responded, Riolo said. Firefighters were forced to rip open the home's attic to get water onto the fire, he said, and were able to put the blaze out within 20 minutes.

The residents of the home got out safely, but will not be able to return any time soon, he said. In addition to the second floor, the attic was damaged too, as well as the first floor, which suffered water damage.

It's unclear what started the fire, Riolo said.

The female owner of the home declined to comment about the fire.

One of the firefighters sustained minor injuries after he fell through a ceiling in the home.

Additional reporting from John Nickerson.

mspicer@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews