Bridgeport firefighters battle tricky blaze in older home

The flames shot through the home's roof leading firefighters to request more crews to help. They also shut down traffic a block over to stretch a line to a hydrant there.

News 12 Staff

Jan 13, 2021, 12:35 AM

Updated 1,250 days ago

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A relentless house fire in Bridgeport kept crews busy for hours on Tuesday morning.
Smoke began billowing from Ochsner Place near Main Street just after 9 a.m.
The flames shot through the home's roof leading firefighters to request more crews to help. They also shut down traffic a block over to stretch a line to a hydrant there.
Ochsner Place fire, Jan. 12
Dep. Chief Lance Edwards, from the Bridgeport Fire Department, called it a “very stubborn fire” due to “hidden voids in an older construction home.”
Those voids, Edwards says, allow the fire to spread throughout the home and make it difficult to put out.
The fire marshal is investigating what sparked the blaze. The Red Cross also responded to help displaced residents.
Only one resident was home at the time of the incident. He escaped unharmed.
Crews with Stratford and Fairfield fire departments were ready to respond to other calls that came in to Bridgeport.
Ochsner Place fire, Jan. 12


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