Lyme Fire Department was called to respond to a fire that began in a garage at a home at 72 Cove Road in Lyme at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday. Thanks to the proximity of the Hamburg Fire Department, three emergency responders arrived on the scene within minutes of getting the initial call. Old Saybrook and Old Lyme Fire Departments also responded to the scene.
The fire engulfed a garage attached to the house, which is valued at $957,745 on Realtor.com. Tom Brown, first assistant at Hamburg Fire Station said that although the garage remains standing, the structure was completely burnt along with the two vehicles, which he described as a Volvo and a Jaguar, housed within it.
The house sustained smoke and water damage but "it's likely the structure was saved," Brown said. The cause of the fire is "still under investigation," he added. The Lyme Fire Marshal was on the scene last night conducting an investigation as to the cause. Brown said he believed the property owner was home at the time of the fire and was the person who called 911.
Because the fire was some distance up Cove Road, the Lyme Fire Department set up a water station by the bridge close to Route 156 and used the new pumper provided by the Town of Lyme to draw water to fight the blaze. Brown added that the fire fighters were "very grateful" for that particular purchase.