Greenwich families displaced by Christmas tree fire

Greenwich fire engines respond to the fire Monday morning at Wilbur Peck Court. — photo courtesy of the Greenwich Police Department

Greenwich fire engines respond to the fire Monday morning at Wilbur Peck Court. — photo courtesy of the Greenwich Police Department

A fire at Wilbur Peck Court has displaced a pair of families Monday morning.

The Greenwich Fire Department said on Monday that the preliminary indication is that the fire was most likely caused by a Christmas tree that caught fire. No one was injured during the fire, which started in a second floor apartment.

The unit sprinkler system kicked in and was able to stop the fire from spreading, but significant water damage was sustained in the apartment and the one below. Details are still under investigation by the Greenwich Fire Marshal’s office, but Deputy Fire Chief Keith Millette confirmed that a natural Christmas tree was at the center of the fire.

The tree had been left illuminated while the apartment occupants were away and fell over, leading officials to believe that a broken light bulb had started the fire. Emergency responders at the scene were called on the report of a water leak, but eventually discovered the scene of the fire.

A total of six people were displaced between the two apartments, and they are currently receiving aid from the Red Cross. As a standard precaution, holiday lightning should be unplugged prior to leaving home in order to prevent electrical fires. Deputy Chief Millette urged all residents to maintain their home fire safety equipment and to properly dispose of old Christmas trees.

“It’s incredible how fast they light up, and it generates a lot of heat so that means anything around it, the couch, curtains, table… I think one is too many, this happened today and let’s leave it at today,” he said.

The Department of Parks and Recreation’s Christmas tree recycling program started Dec. 26, and is available through Jan. 31 at multiple locations in town. Check Greenwichct.org/News/Parks_and_Recreation/CHRISTMAS_TREE_RECYCLING/ for more information.

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