A riding lawn mower is believed to be the cause behind a raging fire that severely damaged a two-car garage on Hurlbutt Street Thursday, June 19. The Wilton Fire Department managed to prevent the house from suffering any damage. Firefighters responded to an emergency call for a structure fire at 379 Hurlbutt Street around 10:50 p.m., and discovered a two-story, two-car garage \u201cheavily involved\u201d in fire, according to Chief Ronald Kanterman. Although damage to the garage was severe, the fire did not affect the house. \u201cIt\u2019s what we call a good stop,\u201d Chief Kanterman said. The residents were not home, he added, and there were no injuries. No pets were inside, either. Although the lawn mower is believed to be the cause, the fire is still under investigation. \u201cWe\u2019re not really sure yet what may have been the problem,\u201d Fire Marshal David Kohn said. \u201cWe can tell that\u2019s where the fire originated, but there could be any number of reasons, from a fuel problem like a leak, or it could even be electrical.\u201d Mowers, like any other vehicle, require preventive maintenance, Mr. Kohn said. \u201cWhen you are operating one or it\u2019s parked in the garage and you can smell fuel or see a spill, you are going to want to check it out and have it fixed. From an operation standpoint, we caution people about refilling lawn mowers while they are hot. The vapors can ignite from the gasoline or spills. It\u2019s always best to let them cool down for a while.\u201d Mr. Kohn said some mowers carry a lot of fuel, which could have been the case here because there was \u201ca lot of fire here.\u201d In response to the call, Chief Kanterman said, \u201cWe sent everything we had.\u201d The initial response included three fire engines, then off-duty firefighters came in with a fourth engine. They had the fire under control in about 40 minutes. Firefighters attacked the blaze with large caliber hose streams including two-and-a-half-inch hose lines and Engine 4\u2019s \u201cdeck gun,\u201d according to Capt. Kevin Czarnecki. Upon knocking down the main body of the fire, firefighters went inside the garage to put out the rest of the fire. They also entered the home, searching for people and pets, and ensuring the fire had not spread. The homeowners credited the \u201cexcellent\u201d response by the fire department for saving the structure. Fire departments in Georgetown, Weston, New Canaan and Westport sent tankers and firefighters in mutual aid and Westport covered the Danbury Road fire headquarters. \u201cThese units were vital to our success,\u201d Capt. Czarnecki said. Chief Kanterman said he did not know who called in the alarm.