Windsor fire sends one to hospital

One person was taken to hospital after an early-morning house fire in Windsor on Tuesday.

Investigators with Windsor Fire and Rescue cannot determine the cause of an early-morning fire in the 1300 block of Victoria Avenue. 

"The fire occurred on the main floor of the structure, in the living room area, and basically the whole first floor is heavily damaged by fire heat and smoke," fire prevention officer Dave O'Neil said. "This fire will most probably remain as an undetermined fire."

O'Neil said the fire started near a fireplace, but the homeowner was also a smoker and likes to use candles.

She was taken to hospital for treated of minor burns and smoke inhalation. Damage is estimated at $150,000. Her injuries are not life threatening.

Officials intitially said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

However, O'Neil said there there were working smoke alarms found in the residence.

Windsor Fire and Rescue's intial reports were wrong, O'Neil said, and based on very preliminary investigation. 

The fire comes just two weeks after Windsor Fire and Rescue Chief Bruce Montone called Windsor's rate of smoke alarm compliance "unacceptable."

The department launched its "Wake Up! Get a Smoke Detector!" campaign March 1.


  • In an earlier version of this story Windsor Fire and Rescue stated there were no working smoke detectors found in the residence. Windsor Fire and Rescue later found functioning smoke detectors.
    Mar 12, 2013 9:34 AM ET