Canton, CT February 9, 2014… 11:05 a.m. Sylvia Cancella – Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department responded to a dispatch for investigation of smoke and fire at 12 Colony Road in Canton.
Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke and fire visible from the front, second floor windows and side of the raised ranch. As Ladder 2 pulled up to the residence, a Colony Road neighbor was digging a nearby fire hydrant out from underneath the piles of snow.
While the homeowners were not at the residence at the time of the fire, two family pets were. Fire crews located the family dog and Deputy Chief of Training Larry Hepburn rescued a frightened feline inside the burning home.
The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes, but fire crews remained on the scene through the evening hours conducting overhaul at the site.
About 20 Canton volunteer firefighters responded on: Ladder 2, Engines 1, 3, 4, 6, Rescue 9, Tanker 7 and Canton’s two ambulances. Volunteer firefighters from both Avon and New Hartford Volunteer Fire Departments responded as mutual aid. There were no
Canton Fire Police closed down East Hill Road, from Route 44 to Dowd Avenue, until early afternoon.
The homeowners, who were in the process of a renovation, were not able to return to the residence following the fire. Canton’s Fire Marshal remained on the scene through Sunday evening, investigating the cause of the fire. As of this writing, the cause had not yet been determined.
The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department reminds residents and businesses to clear fire hydrants on their property of any snow. The time fire crews must spend uncovering them are critical minutes lost in an emergency situation.