One day after a fire killed a Monroe man in his Osborn Lane home, another Monroe family has lost their home to fire. But this time everyone made it out safely.
According to Kevin Catalano, fire department spokesman, the fire erupted shortly before 5 p.m. Monday at 15 High Meadow Road. The owner reported seeing smoke in the basement and when firefighters arrived at the ranch-style home, they encountered heavy smoke and fire.
Firefighters were pulled out of the building to fight the fire defensively once part of the dining room floor collapsed into the basement, Catalano said in a press release.
A volunteer firefighter narrowly escaped serious injuries by pulling himself out of the hole and exiting through a nearby sliding glass door. Another firefighter suffered a hand injury during the fire.
It took around 40 volunteer firefighters from the Monroe, Stepney, Stevenson, and White Hills (Shelton) departments nearly 40 minutes to put out the flames, but another two hours to completely extinguish all pockets of fire in the basement.
Eventually a backhoe was brought in so that firefighters could gain better access to all areas of the basement.
Five engines, a ladder truck, and rescue truck were on scene under the command of Monroe Fire Chief William Davin.
The house was gutted and appears to be a complete loss. It is believed the occupants will be staying with family or friends. The cause of the High Meadow fire is under investigation at this time by the Monroe Fire Marshal’s Office.
Sunday’s fire on Osborn Lane was determined to be caused by an unattended grease fire on the stove top.