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Firefighter suffers minor injury in Fairfield fire

FAIRFIELD – A house in Fairfield sustained fire damage early Sunday morning, but none of the occupants was harmed.

One firefighter suffered an injury while putting out the blaze in the 2000 block of N. B Street near Waterworks Park. Fairfield Fire Chief Scott Vaughan said the firefighter’s injury was minor and that he’s fine now.

The house had seven occupants. All managed to escape. The Fairfield Fire Department was called to the scene at 3:33 a.m. and discovered heavy fire on the backside of the house from the lower deck to the upper deck. Packwood Fire Department arrived at the scene, too, bringing 10 firefighters and a pumper truck to complement Fairfield’s 19 firefighters, pumper truck and aerial truck.

The firefighters put out the blaze in a little over an hour. Vaughan said he does not believe the house is a total loss and that it can be repaired.

“The home had working smoke detectors, which alerted the people inside to get out,” Vaughan said. “I can’t stress enough how important that is to have working smoke detectors. It probably made the difference between getting out safely and someone getting hurt or worse.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The two fire departments were assisted on scene by the Fairfield Police Department, CARE Ambulance and Alliant Energy.