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West Hartford Firefighters Extinguish House Fire Late Wednesday Night

Fire officials on the scene of a structure fire on Fuller Drive in West Hartford. Courtesy photo

Firefighters were called to the scene after a report of smoke coming from a single-family home.

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Fire Department arrived on the scene four minutes after receiving a report of smoke from a residence on Fuller Drive, and within 15 minutes were able to bring the blaze under control.

“The fire was contained to a rear wall in the garage,” Assistant Chief Hugh O’Callaghan said. “Very quick, aggressive interior attack held this fire in check.”

According to O’Callaghan, the call was received by West Hartford Public Safety Dispatch at 10:32 p.m., and when the first unit arrived on the scene there was heavy smoke coming from the area of an attached garage at the single-family home.

Two occupants had been inside when the fire was first detected, but West Hartford Police officers, who were first on the scene, were able to assist them in evacuating.

Fire crews initiated suppression activities immediately, and also did a thorough search to confirm that there were no additional occupants in the structure, O’Callaghan said.

Battalion Chief James Matthews reported that the fire was placed under control by 10:51 p.m., O’Callaghan said.

There were no injuries, he said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Grimaldi is leading the investigation for the Fire Marshal’s Office.

O’Callaghan expressed his thanks to the police department and dispatchers for their assistance in relaying information, and for closing the street.

“Additionally, the WHFD would like to thank the Hartford Fire Department for assisting in covering the Town of West Hartford while our units worked at the fire scene,” O’Callaghan added.

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