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Balcony fire evacuates Stamford apartment building

February 5, 2019

STAMFORD - A small fire broke out on the third floor of an East Side apartment building on Monday night.

It happened shortly after 6 p.m. when a call was received from a fifth-floor tenant at 850 East Main St. reporting an odor of smoke in their apartment.

“City firefighters responded to the scene and, after a search, found a fire on the balcony of third-floor apartment below the caller’s unit,” Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Tripodi said.

“The building was evacuated and hose lines were stretched from the standpipe to the fire apartment and the system was supported by an engine pumping into the system. Firefighters forced entry into the unoccupied third-floor apartment and quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread throughout the building.”

The area was checked to determine if the fire has spread, but none was found.

“The quick response of firefighters limited the damage to the third-floor balcony decking only as the fire never penetrated the building,” Tripodi said.

The fire was declared under control at 6:33 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal’s office.

Stamford Police provided traffic control and Stamford EMS paramedics stood by.

There were no reported injuries.

Four engines, one truck, the heavy rescue, and the duty deputy chief responded with a total of 28 firefighters. The last fire company left the scene at 7:15 pm.

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