Blaze damages firefighter's home

Norwalk Firefighter Aaron Lynch suffered the ultimate irony late Saturday night he responded to his own house fire along with 13 of his co-workers. "There was a little mix-up on the address (at first), so we weren't sure until they got there," Chief Doug Coletta said.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

Norwalk Firefighter Aaron Lynch suffered the ultimate irony late Saturday night he responded to his own house fire along with 13 of his co-workers.

"There was a little mix-up on the address (at first), so we weren't sure until they got there," Chief Doug Coletta said.

The blaze that started in the garage of Lynch's 149 Fairway Circle home did an estimated $100,000 worth of damage to the property valued at $215,000. Capt. Tom Frey's report also indicates there was $30,000 worth of damage to the contents.

No one was injured. Nobody was home when the fire department was dispatched at 10:16 p.m.

"Upon arrival, (the) fire was spreading into the rear family room and attic of the one-story portion of the home," Frey wrote. The firefighters then used an "aggressive initial interior attack" to stop the flames from speading into the main portion of the two-story structure.

"The damage to the garage was extensive, but the guys did a nice job of keeping the fire out of the house," Coletta said. "It really didn't get into the house."

Firefighters had the blaze under control in less than 30 minutes. A local report indicated firefighters requested Lynch's neighbors leave their homes as an apparent precaution.

The fire, which remains under investigation, started in the garage on the far south side of the home near a vehicle, Frey wrote. The report indicates part of the firefighters' duties were to "salvage and overhaul" the scene.

Lynch, who has been a firefighter for the last seven to 10 years, was not working today and couldn't be reached for comment.

The Lynch family now is living at an unknown location.

"He's doing pretty good," Coletta said. "We're still working on it."