Westport firefighters at the scene of a Compo Road South house fire late Sunday. Flames at the rear of the structure were doused before spreading inside. / Photos, Westport Fire Department

WESTPORT — Firefighters doused a Compo Road South house fire late Sunday, before being dispatched to scenes of back-to-back crashes on Interstate 95 — one of which claimed the life of a Fairfield woman.

The house fire was reported at approximately 11:50 p.m. Sunday, according to a report by Assistant Fire Chief Brian Meadows. Four fire engines, a truck and the shift commander were dispatched to the scene.

Flames were visible at the rear of the structure when the first firefighters arrived on the scene.

The crew from Engine 4 quickly extinguished he fire before it spread to the home’s interior, while others made sure the home’s occupants were evacuated safely.

Crews from Engine 4 and Truck 1 remained on the scene to check for hot spots, while the rest returned to service to handle other emergency calls. 

Westport police and EMS personnel provided additional coverage at the scene.

Backup coverage at the town’s fire stations was provided by firefighters from Fairfield and Norwalk.

No injuries were reported during the incident. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

As the last firefighters were clearing the Compo Road South scene early Monday, they were dispatched to I-95 where an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and car just took place between northbound Exits 17 and 18, according to the report. A 44-year-old Fairfield woman suffered fatal injuries in the crash when her car struck the rear of a truck stopped in heavy traffic, State Police said.

Less than 10 minutes later, additional fire crews were sent to the scene of a second accident nearby on the highway, according to the fire report.

With injuries reported in both accidents, Westport EMS crews also were dispatched to the scenes.

Both crashes are being investigated by State Police.