UPDATE: Fire Rips Through Two Car Garage in Oxford

Fire has been extinguished; nobody injured.

UPDATE at 8:23 p.m.

Quick work by local firefighters ensured that a garage fire did not spread to a nearby home at 13 Cherokee Drive Wednesday afternoon, Oxford Fire Chief Scott Pelleiter said.

Nobody was injrued in the fire, which was was reported at a two-and-a-half story garage just after noon. When firefighters arrived, they noticed flames shooting out of the rear portion of the garage, Pelletier said.

"We made an aggressive attack so it didn't spread to the house," he said.

People nearby moved a Harley Davidson motorcycle out of the garage and they tried to move a Mazda Miata away from the flames but it sustained some damage. The motorcyle was not damaged. 

Firefighers had the flames knocked down within 10 minutes. Nobody was in the garage when the flames broke out. Pelletier said there is some reason to believe lightning struck the garage, causing the fire, but he still needs to investigate further to determine a cause.

About 30 Oxford firefighters responded. And firefighters from Seymour and Beacon Falls provided mutual aid. 

Original article:

Oxford firefighters extinguished a garage fire at 13 Cherokee Drive just after noon today (Wednesday). 

Nobody was injured in the fire, which ripped through a two-car detached garage with a storage unit above it, and fire marshals were on scene investigating as of 1:15 p.m., said Oxford Resident Trooper Sgt. Dan Semosky.

Fire Chief Scott Pelletier, the fire department's official spokesman, was not immediately available to comment on Wednesday as he was still investigating. Therefore, we are still working on confirming details such as how much property damage was sustained and how many firefighters responded to the blaze. 

Unconfirmed reports from a Twitter feed for Fire Watch in Connecticut stated that the fire was possibly a result of a lightning strike. 

Oxford Patch will update this article once we learn more from Chief Pelletier or other emergency responders. Please check back. 

wrestling parent 1 March 29, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Jimmy, I believe I speak for most of Oxford observers when I say that Mr. Singley does a great job of keeping us appraised of events and happenings within our closely knit town. He reports it as he sees it, and adds a bit of his personality to boot. Couldn't ask for more !! Thank you Paul Singley for your great reporting!!!!
Paul Singley March 29, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Jimmy: I sincerely apologize if I got anything wrong. I will double check. Dad (not my dad, by the way :) Thanks for the compliment. Also, Jimmy, if you want to talk to me further, please email or call me. My information can be found at the top of the homepage. Also, for now, I've changed it to say "people nearby moved the Harley." Thanks
B Miller March 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Agree Dad, The Patch and Paul do a great service of reporting the news of Oxford. We may not always like the stories but they are done with integrity.
Rosemary Westhaver March 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM
How petty!!! "It was a mistake", not a "lie" Some people are never happy unless they are complaining! Rosemary
Lori Flick March 29, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I heard the intense clap of thunder and knew it was close and it was only minutes ( maybe 2) later I heard the sirens! Great job volunteer firepeople!


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