Homeowner Fights Fire With Extinguisher Before Calling 911

By: Zachary Meseck

NORWICH – The Norwich Fire Department responded to a call in the City of Norwich on Tuesday after a well-prepared homeowner helped halt the fire with their own fire extinguisher.

According to Norwich Fire Department Chief Jan Papelino, the Norwich Fire Department received a 911 call around 8:45 on Tuesday where an individual reported seeing smoke in a house on Pleasant Street.

Before calling 911, Papelino said the homeowner used their own fire extinguisher to halt the spread of the fire, and saving the house from further fire damage.

"By being prepared for a fire with a working fire extinguisher and smoke detectors throughout the home, the homeowner greatly reduced the fire damage to their home," said Papelino. "He was very alert, after losing power to the second floor of his home, he smelled smoke and tracked it to the attic."

After determining the smoke was coming from a certain section of his home, Papelino said the homeowner used his fire extinguisher to extinguish what they could of the flames.

"After actively investigating the source of the smoke, and attempting to extinguish it, a call was placed to 911, and using our thermal imaging cameras we pin-pointed the location of the fire," he said.

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