Windsor firefighters respond to unusual Falmouth garage fire

Carole Morris-Underhill
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A snow globe and some sunshine was all it took to start a fire in a Falmouth garage Saturday afternoon.

The Windsor Fire Department was called out to Tim Lightfoot's business, adjacent to the Falmouth Irving gas station, on Dec. 14 around 1:15 p.m.

Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Juteau was the first firefighter on scene.

“I responded here directly,” said Juteau after the fire was extinguished. He noted the place was full of smoke upon arrival.

When the initial crews arrived, Juteau said he immediately had them run a fire hose inside.

“At first, we didn't know if we had a fire inside the walls or ceiling or what had gone on there,” said Juteau. The firefighters opened up the wall and ceiling but couldn't locate a fire other than the small one on the desk in the waiting room.

After a brief investigation, Juteau determined how the small fire originated – and it's not something that you hear of everyday.

“You'd never believe it but they had a snow globe sitting there next to (a deck of playing cards),” Juteau began. “The heat from the sun came through the window into the snow globe. It was like a magnifying glass on the cards and lit the cards on fire.”

Four fire trucks were dispatched to the call, with about 10 firefighters on scene.

“It initially looked bad because the building was filled with smoke,” said Juteau. “But what it was, was just a deck of cards.”

 

Organizations: Windsor Fire Department

Geographic location: Falmouth

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