North Salem Road home suffers damage after dehumidifier catches fire

The homeowner at 809 North Salem Road stopped a residential fire in its tracks after a dehumidifier caught fire in the furnace room of his home after 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Ridgefield Fire Chief Jerry Myers said the homeowner was alerted to the blaze by a smoke alarm, and he went downstairs to put out the fire with an extinguisher.

The Ridgefield Fire Department responded to a 911 call at the residence at around 9:13 Tuesday, Myers said, for a report of smoke emanating from the home’s basement.

It was unclear whether the homeowner called 911 before or after he went down to the basement.

Myers said the fire’s “point of origin seems to have been a small appliance” — a dehumidifier. The flames caused damage to the appliance itself and burned an attached shelving unit in the corner of the room. The fire also caused smoke damage to portions of the house, Myers told The Press.

No injuries were reported from the fire, and it did not extend beyond the basement.

When the fire department arrived, they opened up the house to allow fresh air to circulate and remove the smoke, said Myers.

“The insurance company will likely be taking a closer look at the appliance to determine what went wrong with it,” he said.