Early Morning Fire Destroys House on Robin Lane

Nobody was injured. Fire Marshal Bill Davin is investigating the cause.

A Monroe volunteer firefighter driving on East Village road around 1:05 a.m. today, on his way home from responding to an unrelated power line fire, spotted a home being engulfed in flames on Robin Lane. As the firefighter pulled up to the house, the family of five was safely evacuating the home.

Heavy flames quickly spread throughout the first and second floors and the attic of the home. Volunteer firefighters from Stevenson, Monroe, and Stepney responded and were hampered by the large volume of fire upon arrival, strong winds, and a lack of hydrants in the area.

No one was injured but the house was essentially destroyed and is not habitable. Residents told firefighters that they were awakened by the sound of shattering glass and soon realized that the house was on fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation according to Monroe Fire Marshal William Davin, who called in the State Fire Marshal’s Office to assist in the investigation.

Tanker trucks from Newtown and Shelton were called in to assist along with engine crews from Newtown and Oxford because firefighters were concerned that the embers being blowing throughout the neighborhood could spark another house fire.

Over 40 firefighters battled the fire under the direction of Monroe Deputy Fire Chief Josh Krize, with most fire units clearing the scene around 5 a.m.

Surrounding fire departments, including Seymour, staffed fire stations throughout Monroe to provide coverage while Monroe’s firefighters spent all night at the blaze.

KikiMoon April 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I live less than 1/4 mile away and didn't hear a thing!
Stephanie April 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
So glad the family got out safely. Drove by around 1:45am and it didn't look good, it was fully involved at that time. Unfortunate that the house is basically done for but so happy the family and all the firefighters were safe.
Alex April 09, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Always a fear of mine since I have a salt water aquarium and that takes a lot of electricity to operate, which is never ideal around a 100 gallons of saltwater. I'm always afraid something might go wrong with the GFCIs and cause a fire. Terrible that it happened but great that no one was injured. Hopefully no pets were trapped inside either.


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