A man was taken to the hospital after searching for his dog during a fire in Norwalk and officials said the blaze has displaced eight people.
Firefighters responded to a fire at 15 Richlee Road at 11:45 p.m. Monday and found heavy fire coming from the two-car garage with flames extending to the roof.
An SUV was inside the garage and firefighters quickly knocked the blaze down, but two vehicles parked outside against the garage doors were also destroyed, according to the Norwalk Fire Department.
Officials said the fire was contained to the garage, but there was heat and smoke damage to the first and second floors of the house.
Eight residents escaped before the fire department arrived. Fire officials said two adults live on the garage level, four adults and two children live on the second floor.
A man in his 60s who lives on the second floor suffered possible smoke inhalation while searching for his dog.
Paramedics brought him to Norwalk Hospital and firefighters found the dog quickly.
Family members brought the dog to the veterinary emergency center on West Cedar Street in Norwalk and the dog was scared and having some difficulty breathing, but seemed to be improving once it was outside, according to the fire department.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the house is unfit for occupancy.