Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a garage attached to a home in a neighborhood north of Windsor on Tuesday, but two vehicles, the garage and parts of the home were damaged or destroyed.
Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue received the call at 1:39 p.m. for a fire at 316 North Shores Circle — a home in a sprawling community filled with towering and luxurious houses north of Windsor Lake.
When crews arrived, “flames were rolling out the front of the garage and lapping up on the front of the house,” fire department spokesman Todd Vess said in a news release. A vehicle on the left side of the garage was also “fully engulfed.”
Realizing that the door from the home to the garage was open, crews rushed inside to push back the fire, he said. Additional firefighters battled the inferno from the front and smashed a hole into the attic to relieve the smoke build-up.
The blaze was mostly extinguished by 2:20 p.m., though the front of the garage was visibly blackened, and part of the attic appeared to have collapsed on the vehicles. It did not spread to the home’s interior or upstairs level, just above the garage, though extensive smoke and water damage was reported.
Investigators said the fire originated in the engine compartment of one of the cars.
There were no injuries, and homeowners Kenneth and Robena Cunningham were home at the time, Vess said.
In total, 26 emergency personnel were on scene, and nearby agencies backfilled Station 1 until crews could return.
Even after the fire was put out, smoke still wafted through the neighborhood.