Fire guts Danbury home on Royal Drive
DANBURY — City firefighters put out a fast moving fire that enveloped the back of a two-story home Wednesday night on Royal Drive Wednesday.
A woman who was in the home at the time managed to get out unharmed, fire spokesman James Gagliardo said.
Fire crews were called to the home on Royal Drive around 11:30 p.m., where they found smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building, Gagliardo said Thursday.
Additional first responders were called to the scene and set about putting the blaze out.
Because the area is not covered by fire hydrants, extra tankers and crews were called in from the Germantown, Beaver Brook and Mill Plain volunteer fire departments. A crew from Water Witch Hose in Danbury brought in lighting and extra air, Gagliardo said.
The fire required crews to do an “extensive overhaul” of the building to ensure the flames were completely out, Gagliardo said.
Photos from the scene show the fire appears to have melted the vinyl siding along the rear of the home. Scorch marks from smoke or flames can be seen on the front of the second floor.
It’s unclear where in the home the fire began, or what caused it.
The woman who escaped the burning home was evaluated by EMS crews but was unhurt.
She refused help from the Red Cross because a neighbor offered to put her up, Gagliardo said.