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92-Year-Old Displaced by Fire

Kitchen fire damages Quarry Knoll apartment.

 

A late morning fire Wednesday damaged the kitchen of an apartment in the complex off East Elm Street.

The 92-year-old resident of the apartment had gone out for breakfast with friends and found the at his home when he returned just before 11 a.m., according to Carolyn Sherwin, volunteer spokesman for the . The Red Cross has found temporary lodging for the unidentified resident, Sherwin said.

According to Greenwich Fire Lt. Ryan Brainerd of, firefighters from aboard Engines 1, 2 and 3, and Truck 1, found a light smoke condition when they arrived at 10:53 a.m. "There was a decent smoke condition. The fire was already out," Brainerd said. "We did overhaul, checking to make sure the fire didn't extend" into other areas of the apartment.

The fire apparently was extinguished by a Housing Authority employee who was able to access the apartment, Sherwin said.

The kitchen was damaged and the cause is under investigation by the fire marshal's office, according to Brainerd. None of the other 43 units in the complex were damaged, Brainerd said.

Sherwin said the Greenwich Housing Authority, which owns Quarry Knoll, is preparing a vacant apartment in the complex for the resident to move into on Friday. "His furnishings and belongings are intact. We hope he'll be able to  move on Friday," Sherwin said.

Firefighters remained at the scene for about an hour 20 minutes, Brainerd said.

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