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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Mayor: 6 firefighters suffer smoke inhalation as they battle roof fire at New Milford High School

Six firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation Tuesday afternoon as crews battled a blaze that caused damage at New Milford High School, according to the mayor. New Milford Mayor Pete Bass, who was still at the fire scene at 7 p.m. Tuesday, said the building is flooded with “extensive damage in the middle part of the school.” “Where the kids would come in from the buses and then on the other side where kids would be dropped off — that whole hallway is flooded, on all three floors," he said. He said the water is about 3 or 4 inches high. About eight or 10 firefighters were still in the building Tuesday evening, but earlier 60 were fighting the fire, Bass said. While the fire is now out, emergency contractors are coming in to cover a "big hole" in the roof because rain is expected over the next few days, Bass said.
The News-Times Online

Firefighters Rescue Woman From Under CT Transit Bus in Stamford

VIDEO: Several firefighters rescued a woman who was trapped under a CT Transit bus in Stamford on Tuesday. The incident happened at the intersection of Broad and Atlantic streets about 3 p.m. Officials said they received several 911 calls reporting the incident. Responding officials said a woman was trapped under the front axle of a tandem-style CT Transit bus. Crews said the woman was conscious, alert and able to talk to firefighters. In a video from the Stamford Fire Department, crews can be seen trying to get the woman out from under the bus. Firefighters were able to rescue the woman by using high-pressure air bags. She was taken to Stamford Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Officials said the entire extrication process took 10 minutes.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Plane Crashes at Plymouth Campground Property Near Waterbury Airport

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A plane has extensive damage after landing in the woods close to a Boy Scouts camp near Waterbury Airport on Tuesday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed in Plymouth on its way to Waterbury Airport. Fire officials said dispatchers received a report of a plane crash around 1 p.m. The Connecticut Airport Authority describes the plane as a single-engine aircraft. It is believed that someone driving around saw the plane go down and flagged emergency crews to the location. Authorities said it would have taken longer to find the plane had the people not been there to point crews in the right direction. According to fire officials, the plane suffered extensive damage and is hanging from the trees about a quarter mile into the woods. It is on the campgrounds property.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

2 People, 2 Dogs Rescued From Simsbury House Fire

Firefighters rescued two people and two dogs from a house fire in Simsbury early Wednesday morning. Emergency crews were called to the home on Bushy Hill Road around 2:45 a.m. Investigators said two people were trapped on the second floor due to smoke and heat. Both people were transported to the hospital as a precaution. No injuries were reported. Two dogs that were also in the home were rescued and are fine, firefighters added. Fire crews extinguished the heavy fire that started in the kitchen. It appears the fire was mostly contained to the kitchen area with heat and smoke damage throughout the house. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Durham Volunteer Fire Company Releases June Numbers

The fire department has released statistics for June: "The month of June the Durham Volunteer Fire Company responded to a total of 28 calls for service. Total incidents for the year is 204 as of July 1st. The Fire Company responded to 10 medicals, 4 Automatic Alarms, 4 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 4 mutual aid to other city or town's, 2 possible fire within a structure and 4 other types of requested service. A combined total of 140 hours were spent on incidents by our all volunteer fire company. On top of the time spent on scenes the average firefighter also participated in 6 hours of training."
Durham-Middlefield Patch

Deadly wrong-way crashes are up in Connecticut - What’s being done about it?

There is a growing danger out on the roads – wrong-way drivers causing deadly crashes. On average, about 11 people are killed in wrong-way crashes every year in Connecticut. In 2022, the state has already surpassed that. "The numbers are really staggering and they're really concerning,” said Josh Morgan, spokesperson for the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “We're not even halfway through the year and this has been the deadliest year in recent memory for wrong-way crashes on state highways.” This is where at Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center at the University of Connecticut comes in. The center collects and analyzes crash data across the state as they find the most effective ways to stop wrong-way drivers.
WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

2 Firefighters Injured Battling Grocery Store Fire in Hartford

VIDEO: Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after getting injured battling a fire at a grocery store in Hartford early Monday morning. Officials said the fire broke out shortly before 3 a.m. at a building on Ashley Street. There is a grocery store called Sigourney Market on the first floor and vacant apartments are on the second floor. Crews at the scene had to go defensively and fight the fire from the outside of the building. At one point, authorities said part of the building collapsed and a storage area is damaged. The metal roof of the building is making it a challenging fire to put out, fire officials said. It is holding a lot of hot spots and crews are working to extinguish them. According to officials, two firefighters were taken to St. Francis Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. No civilians were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Two parents dead, child ‘fighting for life’ in Waterbury house fire, family member says

Two parents have died and their baby boy is “fighting for his life” after they were pulled from a burning home Wednesday morning, a family member said. Alexia Moreno, 25, and her partner Freddie Lawson, 45, died in a house fire at their home at 18 Third St. in Waterbury. Their son, 17-month-old Nasir, is in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital, where he was airlifted following the fire Wednesday, according to family members. “He is fighting probably the biggest fight of his life,” said Rachele Dean, Moreno’s cousin. “Please pray to whomever you believe in that Nasir can recover.” Dean remembered Moreno as “a beautiful person and a wonderful woman.” “She was a beautiful person inside and out; she was an amazing mother and person in general. Her life and all her interests revolved around Nasir, she wanted everything perfect for him,” Dean said.
Connecticut Post

Late Ridgefield firefighter served as ‘role model’ and was ‘epitome’ of what firefighter should be

Photography, music, travel, nature — firefighter paramedic Raymond (Tim) Nobes knew extensively about all those subjects — and much more, said his friend and colleague Tony Cerulli. Nobes, 57, died June 22 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The Newtown resident was a married father of four who graduated from Danbury High School and was a U.S Army veteran. He worked for the Ridgefield Fire Department for 20 years before retiring in 2021, in addition to serving as an on-staff paramedic for the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department for nearly two decades where he was awarded honorary chief in May 2022, according to his obituary. Cerulli, a captain in the Ridgefield Fire Department, said Nobes was knowledgeable about many topics.
The Ridgefield Press - Metered Site

Back-To-Back House Fires Reported In Norwalk

Firefighters were busy early Saturday as two house fires were reported. Both fires occurred in the kitchen and remain under investigation, fire officials said. The first fire was reported at 3:53 a.m. at 11 William Street. Two adults woke up to heavy smoke and were able to escape the dwelling and rescue the family cat, fire officials said. Both occupants were treated for moderate smoke inhalation. The second alarm fire was placed under control in 17 minutes. The second fire was reported at 5:21 a.m. at 17 Daphne Drive. Three adults woke up to moderate smoke and were able to escape the dwelling with the two family dogs, fire officials said. No injuries were reported. The single alarm fire was placed under control in 12 minutes.
Norwalk Patch

Monroe Firefighters Tackle Chimney Blaze

Firefighters battled a rare Fourth of July chimney fire on Monday. The fire was called in by passing drivers along lower Fan Hill Road. First responders found flames and smoke coming from the chimney, following the resident's attempt to clean the flue. "There was no fire extension into the home but the chimney fire was stubborn to extinguish due to a heavy creosote build up," fire officials said. Monroe police shut the road down in both directions while firefighters from Stepney Fire Department and Stevenson Volunteer Company worked to extinguish the blaze. No one was injured.
Monroe Patch

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