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Norwalk Firefighters Extinguish Large Blazes At Two Houses

Norwalk firefighters on the scene at a fire on Larsen Street on Monday night. Photo Credit: Rick Riordan
Twelve people were displaced by the fire on Larsen Street on Monday night, the second fire that Norwalk firefighters battled. Photo Credit: Rick Riordan

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk firefighters worked to battle two large blazes at homes on Cannon Street and Larsen Street on Monday night.

The first fire was reported at a home on Cannon Street at about 5:40 p.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Ed Prescott. The fire is believed to have started in a car before it spread to the nearby house, Prescott said.

All 33 Norwalk firefighters on duty responded to the call and worked quickly to get the blaze under control after it had spread to a third-floor attic.

Norwalk received aid from the Westport, Wilton and Rowayton fire departments to battle the Cannon Street fire, Prescott said. The firefighters left the scene by 8:30 p.m.

The house was deemed unfit for occupancy. Two residents were able to find shelter with neighbors, and a third was assisted by the Red Cross, Prescott said.

The second fire was reported at 8:40 p.m. on Larsen Street. The cause of the second blaze is still under investigation, Prescott said, but investigators believe it may be related to an electrical fixture between the first and second floors.

Norwalk's firefighters quickly responded to the Larsen Street blaze after the one on Cannon Street. A total of 54 firefighters were on scene, including 33 from Norwalk and others from Rowayton, Wilton, New Canaan and Stamford. Fairfield and Westport firefighters also manned the Norwalk stations while the Larsen Street fire was going on.

"Our firefighters fought two fires back-to-back, which puts a lot of stress on the body. We called for mutual aid to assist with the second half, which helped a lot to give our guys a break," Prescott said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and left the scene by midnight, Prescott said.

One firefighter was taken to Norwalk Hospital for high blood pressure and dehydration, but was later released and returned to duty.

That house was also deemed unfit for occupancy, displacing 12 residents. Those residents are receiving assistance from the Red Cross, Prescott said.

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