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West Hartford Firefighters Extinguish Basement Fire, Treat Dog with Oxygen

Courtesy West Hartford Fire Department

A fire that started in the basement of a home on Buena Vista Road was quickly extinguished on Tuesday afternoon.

Courtesy West Hartford Fire Department

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford firefighters received a report from the occupant of a single-family residence at 122 Buena Vista Road Tuesday at 3:06 p.m. that there was a fire inside the home, and arrived at the scene at 3:12 p.m. to find smoke coming from the front of the house, Battalion Chief Keith Albert said.

The occupants of the residence were able to self-evacuate, and were outside the home when firefighters arrived, Albert said.

Firefighters from Engine 2, who arrived on the scene first immediately located the source of the fire in the basement and began to extinguish it while crews from Engine 5 confirmed there was no one left inside and assisted with the hose line.

Paramedics confirmed that none of the occupants were injured, but did provide treatment to the family dog, which had been evacuated from the house by the owner before firefighters arrived.

The dog was treated with oxygen by West Hartford Fire Department paramedics and responded well, Albert said. No further intervention was required.

The fire did not extend past the basement, where it originated, Albert said.

Four of the five West Hartford Fire Department units, as well as West Hartford Police and American Medical Response, responded to the incident.

Firefighters responded to Buena Vista Road for a basement fire. Engine 2 was the first arriving apparatus. A hose line was advanced to the basement and the fire was held to the area of origin.

The fire was placed under control at 3:17 p.m., Albert said.

The building department also responded, and the West Hartford Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating to determine the cause of the blaze.

“West Hartford Fire greatly appreciates the assistance of the West Hartford Police Department and AMR for assisting with this event,” Albert said.

Courtesy West Hartford Fire Department

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