Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, Springfield firefighters responded to a fire on Garden Oval that started with a parked car and spread to a garage.
Springfield Fire Chief James Sanford said at approximately 8:20 p.m., the residents of 59 Garden Oval smelled smoke, checked the house finding a vehicle fire inside their attached garage. An off-duty Fire Captain drove by while the resident tried to get the car out of the garage.
The Fire Captain notified the dispatcher and another off-duty Fire Captain living across the street assisted with ensuring that the residents exited the home. The off-duty Captains gave pre-arrival size-up information to the first arriving Engine Company.
Witnesses report being able to see the fire and emergency responders from throughout the street.
“From my kitchen window, I saw SPFD trucks passing my house with lights on and then noticed the fire shooting out of the garage,” the witness said.
Springfield Engine 3 established a water supply and began extinguishing the vehicle fire. Sanford arrived at the scene, assumed command and requested a Millburn Engine Company. The Springfield Ladder Company and the Millburn Engine Company went above the fire to search the structure and see if the fire spread. Springfield First Aid Squad was requested to stand by.
The fire in the garage was extinguished and firefighters opened the walls and ceiling checking for any hidden fire. A resident was evaluated by the Springfield First Aid Squad for smoke inhalation and was released.
The Union County Fire Investigation Task Force was notified to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire and a report is pending. Sanford said the home was released back to owners at approximately 10:20 p.m.