Home catches fire on Belden Hill Road

Wilton Fire Department Truck No. 5 in front of 516 Belden Hill Road the morning of March 7. — Hayden Turek photo

Wilton Fire Department Truck No. 5 in front of 516 Belden Hill Road the morning of March 7. — Hayden Turek photo

For reasons yet to be determined, part of a house on Belden Hill Road caught fire today, Monday, March 7, damaging the residence and forcing a road closure from Old Belden Hill Road to Grist Mill Road. No injuries were reported.

Around 8:30 a.m., Wilton Fire Department got the initial call. Five units arrived shortly thereafter, and commanders positioned two fire engines next to 516 Belden Hill Road, where the active fire was reported.

Several fire agencies from area towns also responded. Weston, New Canaan and Westport each provided a ladder truck, and the Weston fire chief came to the scene. Wilton EMS responded as well, as did Wilton CERT.

The Ridgefield Fire Department also provided mutual aid by sending units to man fire headquarters on Danbury Road.

“The fire was in the breezeway, in between the main house and the garage,” said Wilton Fire Chief Ron Kanterman.

Kanterman said his department arrived shortly after dispatch received the 8:30 call. “There were two people in the house; they were outside when we got there. The smoke alarm was ringing when we arrived as well, which is a good sign,” Kanterman said.

Firefighters stand next to a fire hose that was run from the roadside up to the house at 516 Belden Hill Road on March 7. — Hayden Turek photo

Firefighters stand next to a fire hose that was run from the roadside up to the house at 516 Belden Hill Road on March 7. — Hayden Turek photo

According to the chief, firefighters doused the blaze via hose line within 15 minutes. “Because we’re in a ‘hydranted’ part of town,” he said, “we were able to use a fire hydrant to supply the engine.”

The homeowners asked Wilton firefighters to save their cat, if they could. The cat was still inside the house. Kanterman said once the fire was under control, “we found the cat, and rescued it.”

“As bad of a day as it is for these folks — with some fire damage — nobody got hurt, or worse,” Kanterman said.

A crew from Eversource CT also responded to the scene, to sever the house’s connection to the power service pole for 516 Belden Hill Road before firefighters — who had already cut overall power — flipped the breakers back on.

“The cause [of the fire] is yet to be determined,” Kanterman said. “The fire marshal is on-scene, investigating.”

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