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Christmas Tree Fire Damages Pair Of Apartments At Greenwich's Wilbur Peck

Greenwich Fire Department responded to a fire at Wilbur Peck Court where a Christmas tree in a residence caught fire. The unit sustained heavy smoke and water damage while the unit below it sustained heavy water damage.
Greenwich Fire Department responded to a fire at Wilbur Peck Court where a Christmas tree in a residence caught fire. The unit sustained heavy smoke and water damage while the unit below it sustained heavy water damage. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A broken bulb on a Christmas tree is believed to have started a fire that caused smoke and water damage at two Wilbur Peck Court apartments Monday morning, Greenwich police and fire officials said.

No one was hurt in the 9 a.m. fire.

The natural Christmas tree caught fire after the tenant went to work, police said. The blaze was extinguished by the sprinkler system. However, there was significant water and smoke damage to the second floor unit. The unit below it also sustained significant water damage, police said.

No one was home in either apartment at the time of the blaze.

However, residents of both units will have to find other housing as both units cannot be occupied due to the damage.

Residents are urged to be cautious with holiday decorations.

"Never leave a dry natural tree unattended with the lights on," Greenwich police Lt. Kraig Gray said. "Enjoy them while you are there. And when you are not home, make sure to unplug them."

The fire remained under investigation by the Greenwich Fire Marshal's office.

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