WESTPORT, Conn. — A fire that erupted in the wall of two-story garage with an apartment after a tenant was thawing pipes Thursday night was quickly extinguished by Westport firefighters.
The fire at 67 Bayberry Lane was reported at about 5:15 p.m. by the occupant of the apartment above the garage, which is detached from the home. The apartment’s occupant told fire dispatch that the blaze appeared to be out, but while firefighters were en route he reported seeing flames, Fire Capt. Brian Meadows said.
When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke coming from a first-floor corner wall, Meadows said. Using hand tools, firefighters opened the wall and doused the flames, he said. They also checked the second-floor to make sure the fire had not spread.
The apartment’s occupant told fire personnel that before the fire started he was thawing pipes, Meadows said.
"Residents are advised to not use a direct heat source such as open flame or torch when thawing pipes," Meadows said in a statement.
The fire marshal's office was investigating the cause of the fire. The last fire crew left the home by 6:24 p.m.
During the call, Fairfield firefighters provided coverage at Westport Fire Headquarters.