WESTPORT, Conn. – A kitchen dishwasher caught fire in a home on Crooked Mile Road in Westport Thursday night but was quickly doused before it could spread, Assistant Westport Fire Chief John Plofkin Jr. reported.
Firefighters went to the home at about 11:30 p.m. on the report of an automatic alarm. As they were on their way the alarm company reported that the occupants said their dishwasher was on fire, Plofkin said in a news release.
When firefighters arrived, the fire was out. The residents used a portable extinguisher to douse the flames before leaving the home, Plofkin said. Fire damage was limited to the dishwasher and an area of the wood floor surrounding it, and there were no injuries, Plofkin said.
The cause of the fire was being investigated by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office. The family told firefighters they were alerted of the fire by their smoke alarms.
“Residents are reminded to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a monthly basis and change their detector batteries when we change our clocks,” Plofkin said. “The outcome experienced at this fire would have been much different if it had not been for the early notification of the functioning smoke detectors and the premises having a monitored alarm system.”
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