Emergency responders rescued several people from a Warren County home Tuesday night.
Crews from Warren County stations and Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residential house fire with multiple people trapped at 80 Smelser Lane in the Browntown area at 7:09 p.m., according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon by the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
Firefighters arrived to find a detached, two-car garage engulfed in flames, the department release states. Responders saw flames spreading to an adjoining, single-family home and shed.
Heat from the fire blocked the people inside from escaping through the normal entrance. Furniture blocked other exits, the release states.
Firefighters rescued the occupants from the home within minutes and began to work on extinguishing the blaze. A person in the garage at the time of the fire suffered injuries when he escaped through an open window.
Firefighters brought the fire under control within 38 minutes of emergency dispatchers receiving the call.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
Chief Richard E. Mabie, of the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, states in the release that the Browntown blaze should alert area residents to take time during Fire Prevention Week to practice their fire escape plan.
Visit www.warrencountyfire.com for information on how to improve home fire safety.
Anyone with more information about the incident should call Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Sheriff’s Office investigator Scott Baker at 540-635-7100 or 540-635-4128.