On Friday, July 27 at around 12:30 p.m., Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments responded to a fire at 30 Reservoir Road. Fire fighters quickly extinguished the fire, according to Fire Marshall Tom Galliford.
The owner of the house, Steve Ulycki, said that there was lot of damage to the attic but it could have been a whole lot worse. "They did a good job covering everything up," he said, pointing to the blue tarps that covered the furniture.
The tarps had been placed by the firefighters to protect from water damage, even as water dripped from the dining room chandelier.
Upstairs, Ulycki pointed to the charred square where the ceiling fan had been. "We had it all closed up and never used it. We have central air," Ulycki said.
After the fire engines left, Galliford sat down outside. He said that when Mrs. Ulycki came home, the smoke alarms were sounding and that "a minute or two later, the fire would have been much worse."
Galliford said the home suffered moderate fire and water damage, and no one was injured.
Later, in a written statement, Galliford wrote, "The homeowner became aware of the fire after hearing the smoke detectors sounding. It is very important to note that working fire detectors save lives!"
Galliford asked residents to check their home to be sure that detectors are working properly and to call 911 as soon as there is smoke or flames.