Report by Paula Antolini
February 19, 2018 11:28AM EDT
Breaking News: 1845 House Fire on Judd Ave. in Bethel, CT; Bethel FD, Stony Hill FD and Danbury FD on Scene
A fire broke out at approximately 9:00am this morning in the basement of an 1845 home on Judd Avenue in Bethel, CT. Firefighters believe the fire started in a clothes dryer.
Bethel Fire & EMS, Stony Hill FD and Danbury FD are still on the scene.
Three people escaped the fire and one was taken to Danbury Hospital to determine their injuries. Two pets died inside the home despite firefighter efforts to resuscitate.
The house is located on Judd Ave. between the corner of Route 302 and Route 58, and Plumtrees Road., near the Whittlesey Dr. entrance to Bethel Public Schools. School was not in session today because of the President’s Day holiday.
Report from Bethel and Stony Hill FDs:
“At 08:51 this morning Bethel & Stony Hill firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire on Judd Ave near Milwaukee Ave. Danbury Hospital Paramedic Johnston was first on scene and reported smoke showing from the first floor.
“Stony Hill LT Magyar was on scene shortly after and called a working structure fire.
“Crews from Bethel and Stony Hill stretched 2 handlines into the house and encountered heavy fire conditions in the basement. The fire was knocked down in short order. Crews remained on scene until approximately 12:30 overhauling and assisting the fire marshals office with their investigation.
“1 occupant from the house was transported by Stony Hill EMS to Danbury Hospital for smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, 2 pets perished inside the home.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation by Bethel Emergency Management & Fire Marshal
“Mutual aid responding to the scene included Danbury Fire Department – CT Engine 23, as well as a town-wide RIT team from Newtown.”
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Later this afternoon the house was all boarded up on the windows and the caution tape surrounding the home was still there: