By Tara ONeill, CT Post
A local firefighter was briefly trapped while running low on air battling what fire officials described as a “dangerous” fire in a duplex Wednesday night, officials said.
Units were dispatched to a two-family home on Bloomfield Drive around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after the town’s Emergency Communications Center took a call from a neighbor reporting smoke coming from the house.
The first fire unit on scene reported a working fire with smoke visible from the first floor and the attic eves, fire officials said.
The flames ignited in the basement crawlspace, extending into both of the units of the two-family home.
A mayday alert was called when a Fairfield firefighter from Engine 3 ran low on air while fighting the flames and was briefly trapped on the second floor. Officials said fellow firefighters rescued the firefighter — who had managed to find his way to an open window — by raising a ladder to help him down.
Officials said the firefighter who was briefly trapped was uninjured but checked out by paramedics on scene as a precaution. He went back to work after he was evaluated.
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