A deck fire damaged the kitchen and attic of 53 Parkway Drive Thursday afternoon and left one adult and five children temporarily homeless.
The family escaped unharmed and was placed in temporary housing by the American Red Cross said Long Hill Deputy Fire Chief Alex Rauso. The cause is under investigation by Trumbull Fire Marshal Megan Murphy.
"The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs," said Paul Shipman, in a Red Cross press release.
"The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits, containing age and gender appropriate personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Children's kits include a stuffed toy," he said.
The blaze started at 4:47 p.m. Thursday and was under control and extinguished in 15 minutes, Rauso said. A rescue truck, four engines, two ladders and 25 firefighters responded.
The rest of home had heavy smoke and water damage, added Rauso, who is also a deputy fire marshal.
The two-story colonial-style home was built in 1998 and is owned by Helene I. Arganese, according to visionappraisal.com.
"American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers. For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.ctredcross.org," Shipman wrote.