May 25, 2022

Chester fire – Home sustains moderate damage

CHESTER— A house at 6 Wig Hill Road sustained moderate damage in a fire that was reported Wednesday around 8:30 a.m. Fire Chief Charles Greeney Jr. said the fire was reported by a neighbor who observed smoke coming from a corner of the structure.

Greeney said the neighbor banged on the door and alerted the homeowner, Maria Ruberto, who was able to flee the house safely with her two cats. Greeney said about 45 firefighters from the Chester Hose Company and several nearby towns responded, and brought the blaze under control in about an hour. Greeney said local volunteers received assistance from firefighters from Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Westbrook, and Old Saybrook, along with firefighters from the South District Fire Department in Middletown who provided a ladder truck to help extinguish the fire. He said firefighters were able to pump water from a nearby pond to use in dousing the blaze.

Greeney said the house sustained “moderate damage”, and is not habitable at the present time, but could be repaired. He said the fire began in a center wall and had spread in to the attic. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by local fire marshalls.