Darien man injured trying to extinguish house fire
DARIEN — A 55-year-old Darien man suffered burns and smoke inhalation while trying to put out a fire at his house on Holmes Avenue.
According to Darien Fire Marshal Robert Buch, on April 6 around 12:50 p.m., the man was in the kitchen when he noticed an orange glow coming from the porch. Upon discovering it was a fire, the man began trying to extinguish the flames.
A neighbor also noticed the fire and called 911.
When Darien police arrived, flames had spread to the front porch, the outside wall and upstairs window due to a lack of fire -prevention materials in the older home. A 55-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man, who were also home at the time, had fled the house. Inside, the 55-year-old man continued attempting to douse the fire with water.
Police attempted to put out the fire using fire extinguishers, but were unsuccessful. Darien, Noroton Heights and Noroton fire departments responded to the scene, contained the fire to the front portion of the house and managed to stop it before it could spread to the attic.
The firefighters managed knock down the fire after a half hour of working in pouring rain.
The house suffered serious damage to its front side, roof and porch, as well as smoke and water damage to the interior, partially due to weather conditions.
The homeowner attempting to put out the fire suffered burns to his forehead and hands, as well as smoke inhalation. He was taken to Stamford Hospital by Post 53. The other two residents were unharmed.
The cause of the fire was still undetermined as of Monday, April 10. The Darien Fire Marshal’s office is in the process of ruling out causes.