Crews responded to a house fire on Triangle Drive in East Haddam Thursday morning.
Fire officials said a mother and son escaped the fire and were taken to the hospital for evaluation.
The fire broke out around 3:50 a.m. on Thursday. The home is located on a cul-de-sac next to the Moodus Reservoir. Flames were knocked down by 6:30 a.m.
Firefighters said it took them awhile to knock the fire down because of an apparent hoarding situation. The home was severely damaged.
Ice was also an issue so sand trucks were brought in to help.
Crews said live wires fell at one point, so Eversource had to remotely cut power so they could safely work. There's no word on a cause.
The state fire marshal and the East Haddam fire marshal are investigating.
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As the Centers for Disease Control and health agencies around the country become more aware about the coronavirus, a Connecticut based firm is taking action.
Biocell Ambulance Protection Systems of Wallingford is supplying ambulance companies and medical transporters equipment to protect them from patients with an infectious disease.
The company created a plastic sleeve that’s installed in an ambulance when it is called to transport someone that has a contagious infection.
Owner Leonard Guercia, a veteran first responder with more than 30 years’ experience, co-designed the barrier system after struggling for hours using duct tape and plastic, lining the inside of an ambulance.
It’s now being used by first responders around the country, even Washington state where the nation’s first coronavirus patient is being treated.
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Three new firefighters will be sworn in Friday. And longtime, well-known and highly-regarded firefighter Russell Barberi has been promoted to Lieutenant.
In a media release, Mayor Michael Passero and Fire Chief Tom Curcio announced the swearing in. Prior to working in New London, he was a member of both the Montville and East Lyme Volunteer Fire departments. He was also a SUBASE firefighter for two years. He was sworn in to the New London Fire Department in 1996. Throughout his career, Barberi has been preparing himself for a leadership position within our department. Besides being a state-certified EMT, he's also a certified fire officer, fire instructor, health and safety officer, and rescue technician with a long list of skills.
A city man faces charges in connection with an incident on Linwood Street in December that allegedly ended with his starting a fire that damaged another man’s car.
Donald Cahill, 50, of Slater Road, told police he got into a fight after telling the other man he didn’t know how to treat women. The man didn’t like that comment, so he attacked Cahill, Cahill said.
The fight moved through several rooms of the other man’s home and Cahill suffered cuts on his forehead and lip and a gash on the back of his head, Cahill also told police.
Cahill said he opened the driver’s-side door of the man’s 2002 Chevrolet Silverado and lit a jacket on fire. When the jacket burst into flames, he left the scene, he said.
Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire, and a fire marshal said it appeared to have been intentionally set, the warrant said.
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