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.