One Transported After Fire at Southbury Retirement Community

NBC Connecticut

One person was transported to the hospital after a fire at a retirement community in Southbury.

Southbury Fire Chief Dan Tomascak said that firefighters were called to the Watermark at East Hill, located on East Hill Road, around 11:50 a.m. Saturday.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a small fire contained to one of the units at one of the independent living buildings. The building’s sprinkler system had gone off to prevent the fire from spreading.

Tomascak said it was a quick knockdown and no other units were affected by the fire, though there is water damage to some areas caused by the sprinkler system.

C. Jill Hofer, a spokesperson for Watermark Retirement Communities, said one resident was transported to the hospital as a precaution to be treated for smoke inhalation, and has already been released.

“The safety and security of our residents is our top priority and we are grateful that the fire was small, quickly contained and no one was seriously injured,” Hofer said in an email.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but Hofer said it appears to have been started by microwaved popcorn.

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