The West Hartford Fire Department was called to the scene of the fire just after 4:30 a.m. Monday.
By Ronni Newton
A large shed in the backyard of a West Hartford home was completely destroyed early Monday morning, a West Hartford Fire Department official said.
Assistant Chief Richard Winn said that a call came in just after 4:30 a.m. about a fire in the shed at 84 Ledgewood Rd.
Winn said that the shed, which he estimated measured about 10 feet by 20 feet, was being used as a woodworking shop and contained a lot of lumber and tools which fueled the blaze. The fire burned through the roof.
Winn said that initial investigation points to a compressor as the cause of the fire. Winn said that the homeowner told fire officials that he believed he had left the compressor plugged in, and it appears as if that was where the fire started.
There were no injuries and no damage to the residence. A garage on a neighboring property was slightly damaged due to the heat, Winn said.
A portion of Ledgewood Road was temporarily closed and because early morning temperatures were well below freezing sand had to be applied where ice had formed.
The fire department used a hydrant located across Webster Hill Boulevard, and traffic on that roadway was also detoured. The house backs up to Webster Hill Elementary School on Webster Hill Boulevard, but the scene was cleared before school opened and both roads were reopened to traffic before 8 a.m.
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