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Fire on Howland Road in West Hartford Quickly Extinguished

Fire department response to Howland Road, May 12, 2020. Courtesy photo

The West Hartford Fire Department responded to a small blaze Tuesday night on Howland Road.

By Ronni Newton

A small fire on Howland Road Tuesday night was quickly extinguished with only minor damage to the structure, West Hartford Fire Department officials said.

“It was an exterior fire that got some of the wood siding,” Battalion Chief Eric Munsell told We-Ha.com.

According to Assistant Chief Hugh O’Callaghan, just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, dispatchers received a report of “smoke filling a house from an outside, un-contained fire.”

Fire department and police department crews responded immediately to 19 Howland Rd. According to O’Callaghan, the first fire unit discovered a small fire and smoke from the rear yard of the single family home, which had extended to the siding of the structure. The blaze was extinguished within 20 minutes, he said.

According to Munsell, three residents were home at the time of the blaze, and all evacuated without injury. There was minor charring to the siding, and the residents will not have to relocate.

An investigation by the fire marshal continues, but according to Munsell it appears that the cause of the fire was accidental, the result of “poor use of flammable liquids to remove weeds.”

“A special thank you to our public safety partners (West Hartford Police Department and Public Safety Dispatch) for providing us with great information while responding to and during this incident,” O’Callaghan said.

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