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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

9 Displaced After Fire at Multi-Family Home in Norwalk

Nine people are displaced after a fire at a multi-family home in Norwalk on Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the home on Lexington Avenue around 10:11 p.m. According to investigators, the fire started in the bedroom of the multi-family home and quickly spread to the floors above. The nine people who were home at the time of the fire were able to escape without injury. Authorities said all of their belongings are destroyed. Fire officials said the house was gutted and is unfit for occupancy. All nine people are displaced. The Red Cross responded and is helping the residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Train collision with car injures 2 in New Haven

The area of Grand Avenue at East Street in New Haven is closed after a seven-car freight train hit a motor vehicle with two people in it. New Haven police and New Haven fire are at the scene. The injuries of the people in the car are reported to be "minor," according to New Haven Emergency Services Director Rick Fontana. The car was trying to drive around railroad gates but did not make it. The train pushed the car 300 feet down the track, Fontana said. The train, which is owned by Providence and Worcester RR, was hauling non-hazardous materials. "Please remind your audience how critical it is to adhere to all grade crossing warnings. Operation Lifesaver, a national nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about safely navigating rail tracks and crossings, has a ton of great resources..."
WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

He’s on a mission: Old Saybrook first responder does medical runs in Ukraine with his team

Jerry Gill, former EMT, Army vet and Old Saybrook firefighter — also part of a special National Guard unit for domestic terrorism — thought he had seen it all as a first responder. That was before two stints in Ukraine, where he'd ride near the front lines in an unmarked rescue vehicle to help a stranded elderly civilian whose neighborhood was bombarded by shelling. Or, he’d travel close to the fighting to deliver medical equipment to noncombatants. “I’ve been shot at, I’ve been shelled, I’ve been chased … luckily I’ve made it back, it’s a miracle,” Gill said last week from his Old Saybrook home.To pay for medical equipment, food, clothing and his own expenses, Gill raised around $16,000 through a GoFundMe page for his first trip. He threw in about $30,000 of his own money, he said.
The Hour - Metered Site

Cement truck falls through parking deck in Danbury

A cement truck partially fell through a parking deck Monday morning in Danbury, causing the driver to go to the hospital, according to the Danbury Fire Department. The fire department responded at about 11:45 a.m. to the unspecified location, according to officials, and discovered that the single-axle cement truck’s rear tires had fallen through the one-story deck. The driver, who was stuck in the collapse, was injured. Officials have not shared their condition or the extent of their injuries. Firefighters called for additional resources and contained a small fluid leak. The truck was stable because it was supported by a concrete drum. A towing company then used a 100-ton crane to remove the truck.
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Southington Fire Department Issue Warning About Kitchen Fires

Kitchen fires, often, are portrayed as humorous situations on sitcoms and popular Walt Disney World attractions. But the Southington Fire Department is taking a minor kitchen fire it responded two over the holiday weekend as a warning to residents that such incidents, often, don't come out harmless, like the one seen at the end of Disney's Carousel of Progress. Rather, in the season of cooking, they can evolve into a nasty conflagration, which, thankfully, didn't happened locally Friday. Over the holiday weekend, the department even posted information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on kitchen fire safety measures. "Members responded to a stove fire last evening," wrote the SFD on social media. "The occupant was able to extinguish the fire prior to FD arrival."
Southington Patch

In 50 years as Ridgefield firefighter, he’s mentored colleagues and rescued a dog from burning house

When Walter Wieland joined the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department in 1972 as a firefighter, he didn't envision just how long his time with the department would span. “In 1972 I had lived in Ridgefield for five years and was looking for some way to get involved in the community,“ Wieland said. “I knew some friends who were firefighters and they suggested I join the fire department as a firefighter." “It sounded like an interesting way to get involved with the community," he added. In October, at the department’s annual dinner, Wieland, 85, was honored for 50 years of service in the department. In 1994, he joined the Fire Police Division of the department, became fire police lieutenant in 1998 and in 2002 was promoted to fire police captain, a position he still holds today.
New Haven Register - Metered Site

Follow-up: Mystic Businesses Thankful for First Responders After Massive Fire

It could take days to determine what caused a massive wind-driven fire along the Mystic River Sunday night. The fire happened on Washington Street at Seaport Marine and damaged multiple buildings and boats on the property. Seaport Marine said the fire destroyed several structures and they are thankful for all the first responders for their efforts in containing the blaze. Firefighters from across the southeastern Connecticut region worked to keep the fire from spreading to the other homes and businesses in the area. "It was so alarming to be that close to the flames and to see part of our community, our neighbors, go up in flames," said Amanda Arling, general manager of The Whaler's Inn. "It was a scary evening." Guests staying at The Whaler's Inn, a boutique hotel down the street from the fire, were evacuated.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Injured hiker rescued on Crescent Lake trail in Southington

An injured hiker was rescued from a trail near Crescent Lake on Sunday. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to UConn Health in Farmington for an “obvious injury” to her lower leg and ankle, according to Southington police. Local police responded along with medics, Southington firefighters and mutual aid from Plainville firefighters to the red trail at Crescent Lake on Sunday, around 2:51 p.m. The victim was located at the far eastern end of the trail. The victim was brought out of the wooded area with the use of an ATV, police said.
New Britain Herald

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