Fire Marshal: Fire at Frogtown Road began in back of the residence
A two-alarm fire destroyed a Frogtown Road home Wednesday afternoon.
No one was home when the fire was reported at 12:27 p.m. at 409 Frogtown Road. Fire Marshal Fred Baker said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.
"Right now all we know is it started in the back somewhere," Baker said. "But we don't know specifics just yet."
When firefighters arrived, they found the first floor of the two-story Colonial completely engulfed in flames, said New Canaan Fire Co. Chief Edward Karl. Based on the home's location in an area without fire hydrants, firefighters immediately sounded a second alarm calling in water tankers and additional personnel from Wilton, Norwalk, Turn of River, Noroton Heights, Pound Ridge, N.Y. and Vista, N.Y.
Karl said firefighters tried to enter the house to attack the blaze, but the fire had jeopardized the structure and forced them to douse the flames from outside. The fire was declared knocked down at 1:11 p.m., Karl said.
An American Red Cross team was on the scene for several hours; they provided canteen service to the approximately 60 emergency responders fighting the fire.
Red Cross volunteers and staff have met with the family affected by the fire. It provided comfort kits and recovery information. The family had alternate housing arrangements and did not require additional assistance. The comfort kits provided by the Red Cross contain age and gender appropriate personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Children's kits include a stuffed toy.
According to property records, the home is valued at $840,000 and is owned by New Canaan Country School. It was a single family home where a staff member of the school and his family resided Baker said.