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Officials: Discarded Smoking Material Sparks Porch Fire In Westport

Westport firefighters attack a porch blaze Tuesday morning on Franklin Street.
Westport firefighters attack a porch blaze Tuesday morning on Franklin Street. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department
Westport firefighters respond to a porch blaze Tuesday morning on Franklin Street.
Westport firefighters respond to a porch blaze Tuesday morning on Franklin Street. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Fire personnel responded to a porch fire where an occupant was trying to douse the flames with water at a multi-family home on Franklin Street late Tuesday morning, said the Westport Fire Department.

The department was notified by a passerby at 11:24 a.m. that the front porch of the residence was on fire, according to the Westport Fire Department.

Fortunately, the occupant was alerted and he began applying water and saved the multi-family residence, said the Westport Fire Department.

Fire department personnel continued applying water to the burning porch and performed salvage and overhaul while the fire marshal’s office investigated the cause, said the department.

There were no reported injuries, according to fire officials.

The Westport Fire Department reminds residents of the following:

  • Use the proper receptacles for discarded smoking materials.
  • Open burning of any kind is not allowed in the Town of Westport without a permit.
  • Residents are reminded we are in a “Red Flag" warning for brush and forest fires due to the lack of rain and low humidity, so no open burning is permitted.
  • These conditions coupled with a 10- to 20-mile per hour breeze create an environment for fast-spreading fires which can get out of control quickly and cause a conflagration.

The Westport Fire Department asks residents to immediately call 911 if they see any kind of fire or smoke so an immediate response can be initiated to keep the incident small and under control.

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