NEW BRITAIN - Firefighters battled a garage fire that spread to the first floor of a two-family house on Fairview Street in frigid temperatures this afternoon.
A man was warming a pipe with a light when the heat set nearby insulation on fire at 18 Fairview St. around 1 p.m., Fire Marshal Don King said.
The burning insulation fell onto a tractor which caught fire and the blaze spread up the wall into the first floor of the house, King said. A tenant of the building smelled smoke and called 911, he said.
The man tried to put out the blaze but was unsuccessful, King said, No one was injured. The tenant and the man got out of the home safely. The cause of the fire has been ruled as accidental, King said.
Firefighters stopped the flames from getting to the second floor apartment. The building was determined to be uninhabitable and the utilities have been shut off, King said. All three occupants of the house found other places to stay, he said.
"It was a good save," King said. "Weather played a role but the deputy chief in charge of the scene did a superb job keeping firefighters fresh and ready to go."
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