Fire Department gives updated details on Range Road fire

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By the time Wilton firefighters were able to respond to a house fire at 266 Range Road today, there was already "smoke on every level, including the eves of the roof," Captain Kevin Czarnecki said this afternoon.

There was no one home at the time, Capt. Czarnecki said, and there were no injuries reported among fire fighters, who came from Wilton Weston, Westport, Georgetown, New Canaan and Norwalk fire departments. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

Firefighters spent most of the morning battling the three-story structure fire from the outside, Capt. Czarnecki said, after a passing motorist reported it directly into the fire department's main line.

"We tried to make an initial interior tack, but because of the amount of fire upon arrival we had to be careful," he said. "We're not going to rush in when there are multiple levels of fire. We hit it hard from the outside, and once we got it knocked down we were able to go in and 'mop up' the interior."

Capt. Czarnecki said he was especially hesitant to enter the building because it was an older structure with a difficult floor plan.

"We had a fire their several years ago, so I knew the structure fairly well. The layout is very difficult, and I was concerned with the type of house it was, as well as the overall size of the house. It is large in terms of how tall it is," he said. "Its three and a half stories, which is fairly unusual."

The Fire Marshall and State Police fire investigators are now on the scene, Capt. Czarnecki said. This is normal protocol after a structure fire, he said.