23:12 hours, Wednesday March 22nd, Newtown Hook and Ladder, Hawleyvile Fire, and Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Kopsco residence at 4 Overlook Drive. Five people were sleeping in the house at the time of the fire.
One man, Kenneth Kopsco was reported in critical condition Thursday morning in Bridgeport Hospital's burn care center. Marge Kopsco, his spouse, was admitted to Danbury hospital early Thursday morning.
About 40 firefighters and 10 fire trucks from the three companies responded after the 23:12 9-1-1 call.
Newtown Hook & Ladder Fire Chief, Ray Corbo, said that the origin of the blaze, which caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damages, is under investigation by the town's Fire Marshall Office.
The people who were in the house were an older couple (the Kopscos), their daughter, and the daughter's two children. In order to flee the intense heat, smoke, and flames in the Colonial-style house, Mrs. Kopsco jumped out of a second story window, breaking both her ankles when she landed, said Chief Corbo.
The first fire fighter on scene took a fire extinguisher into the building, seeking to get the fire under control, Chief Corbo said. Others followed the fire fighter into the building with a fire house to knock down the flames.
The entire living room and its contents were afire when the fire companies arrived, Chief Corbo said. Fire Fighters used more than 400 gallons of water during a 30-minute period to extinguish the blaze. Fire fighters left the scene at 01:50 hours Thursday morning.
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