Stratford firefighters credited a neighbor with running across the street Sunday, kicking in the front door of a burning house at 25 Emerald Place and helping a man asleep in a rear bedroom to escape.
The neighbor, Mathew Hennessy of 40 Emerald Place, woke up Daniel Carroll — who firefighters said was unaware that his home was on fire — and helped the homeowner carry his dog outside.
There were no injuries in the fire, but the home was so heavily damaged that it was uninhabitable, Assistant Chief Tim Brennan said.
Multiple calls and conflicting information drew firefighters from Bridgeport and Stratford to the scene, and Brennan said people calling 911 from a cell phone need to stay on the line because the locating service from a cell phone is not exact.
Brennan, the first to arrive, found heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the home, shortly after 6 p.m.
All of the occupants had gotten out safely except for the family cat, officials said. The cat was later found and rescued by Firefighter Greg Anderson.
Bridgeport firefighters under the command of their Assistant Chief Richard Thode, came to the scene and assisting in searching the burning structure and putting out the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is not believed to be suspicious, Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried said.