Chimney fire quickly extinguished in Gales Ferry

Ledyard — An early morning fire damaged a home and displaced a family at 16 Pheasant Run Drive.

Gales Ferry Fire Chief Anthony Saccone said initially the call came in as a chimney fire, but the homeowner called a second time to say that the fire was extending into the home.

The fire was reported at about 8:30 a.m. and it took firefighters about 30 minutes to get it under control. Saccone said firefighters had to break the walls on the left side of the house from the basement to the attic to extinguish the fire and ensure there were not remaining “hot spots”.

He said three people were in the home and would be displaced since power had to be secured. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the family with their housing  and emergency needs.

There are no hydrants in the area so tanker trucks had to be called in. Firefighters placed ladders in the front and the rear of the house near the chimney to check for fire extension.

In addition to Gales Ferry, Ledyard, Center Groton and the Naval Submarine FAST team responded to the fire. The Laurel Hill Fire Department in Norwich covered Gales Ferry’s headquarters.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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