STRATFORD, Conn. -- A fire in a two-family home on Barnum Avenue in Stratford that displaced five people Wednesday morning was caused by a gas stove that malfunctioned after an animal chewed on its wiring, according to fire officials.
Stratford firefighters arrived to 2074-2076 Barnum Ave. about 8:20 a.m. to find heavy smoke pouring from a first floor window, according to officials.
The flames spread throughout the three-story building, causing heavy smoke damage in a second-story apartment, officials said. No one was home at the time of the blaze.
According to officials, the fire was placed under control by about 8:52 a.m. The American Red Cross was called upon to help those temporarily displaced by the blaze.
Officials said there were no injuries to any of the 25 firefighters called to respond to the fire. Stratford emergency medical services and town police also responded to the scene and were uninjured, officials said.
Thought officials did not mention what type of animal chewed on the stove wires, they did say the animal was a "pet."
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