New Canaan Fire Marshal Fred Baker said the cause of the fire at 43 Fawn Lane is "a result of improper disposal of smoking materials in a trash can on the deck at the rear of the house."

No one was injured in the fast-moving, two-alarm fire that destroyed a the home Jan. 14.

Baker said the dogs alerted the family about the fire and they managed to get out once the windows started shattering.

New Canaan Fire Chief Edward Karl said the efforts of 40 firefighters from six towns were hampered by strong winds and a lack of a nearby hydrant.

Firefighters used five tanker trucks to stop the blaze, Karl said.

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"There is not much left of (the home)," Karl said.

Firefighters responded to a report of the fire at 11:26 a.m., Karl said.

The family in the four-bedroom home and two dogs escaped safely before firefighters arrived, Karl said.

A cat from the home is still missing, Karl said.

Property records indicate the four-bedroom home, encompassing a little more than 2,300 square feet, was built in 1960.

The property, owned by Daniel and Peggy Lee, also has a swimming pool.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Baker.

New Canaan firefighters were assisted by crews from Norwalk, Wilton, Weston, Ridgefield, and Pound Ridge, N.Y., Karl said.

Firefighters did not conduct interior operations because of the intensity of the fire, which was fed by frigid winds that spread the flames, Karl said.

"The risk of a collapse was too great," Karl said.

"We couldn't send firefighters inside based on the level of the danger."

The Bank of New Canaan has started a fund for owners Dan and Peggy Lee and are asking residents to give whatever they can at both of their locations in town.

Checks can be made out to the Lee Family Fund.

Staff writers Ben Holbrook, Paresh Jha and Martin B. Cassidy contributed to this story.