Connecticut News

Monday, November 29, 2021

Westport Fire Department: Shed fire that spread to neighboring homes under investigation

Fire crews battled a shed fire that impacted surrounding homes in Westport Sunday morning. Westport Fire Department was called to a shed fire on Plover Lane around 10:38 a.m. Four engines, a ladder truck, and a shift commander were dispatched. Mutual aid from surrounding towns was called to the scene and for station coverage. Initial reports said the shed was located next to the house. Arriving units reported a fully involved shed only 10 feet from two neighboring homes. The fire department said it appeared the fire was extending to the outside of both homes. Additional personnel were called to help extinguish the flames and check the homes for any residents still inside. The fire department reported, “Quick action by firefighters allowed for a rapid extinguishment of all visible fire. The fire was confined to the exterior of both houses and the shed.”
WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Shelton fire crews respond to two fires within one hour

Fire crews responded to two separate fires in Shelton within one hour on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. No injuries were reported in either fire, according to authorities. Shelton fire crews and police responded to reports of a working shed fire on Overlook Drive around 3:15 p.m., according to the Shelton Fire Department. Once the fire was extinguished, crews spent 30 minutes extinguishing lingering smoldering areas. While crews operated at the scene of the first fire on Overlook Drive, a second fire was reported around 3:58 p.m. on Meadowlark Drive, authorities said. When fire crews arrived they found no visible fire but an abnormal amount of smoke coming from an active fire in the fireplace of the occupied home, authorities said.
Shelton Herald

Crews Battle Mulch Fire on I-95 North in Westport

A mulch fire that was on Interstate 95 north in Westport on Saturday morning has been extinguished. Firefighters were called to a report of a fire on I-95 north near exits 18 and 19 around 6:15 a.m. When crews arrived, they said they found a large mulch pile with smoke and flames showing and limited access to the incident. Crews said they set up for a tower stream using a bucket truck. Since the closest fire hydrant was far away, officials said mutual aid tankers were called in from Weston and Wilton. Over 8,000 gallons of water was used to the deep-seated fire and an excavator was used to open the pile, according to firefighters. During the incident, two lanes of the highway were closed and assistance was provided by Connecticut State Police. The lanes have since reopened.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Firefighters extinguish blaze at Bridgeport home

Firefighters knocked down a fire at a vacant home in Bridgeport’s East Side early Saturday. Scott Appleby, Bridgeport’s emergency management director, said the Bridgeport Fire Department received reports of a second-floor fire at a house in the 200 block of Brooks Street around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. First-arriving firefighters found “heavy flames” that threatened to spread to nearby homes, Appleby said. However, multiple fire companies were able to work together to contain the fire to the unoccupied home and extinguish it without incident, according to Appleby. Appleby said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is still under investigation.
Connecticut Post

Burlington Fire Department Warns of Shirt For Sale With Department’s Patch

The Burlington Volunteer Fire Company in Connecticut warned community members that a t-shirt with the department’s patch is not a fundraiser for the department. Michael Boucher, the fire chief for Burlington, said over the weekend he received a text message advertising a shirt for Canton’s fire department and people also started reaching out to him and said they received a text showing a t-shirt for sale with the Burlington Fire Department patch. The shirt said "Stand for the flag, kneel for the fallen." With the fire department recently losing a member, Colin McFadden who died in August, Boucher said he didn’t want people thinking the shirt was in any way benefiting the department or have anything to do with McFadden. “This t-shirt has nothing to do with our department, it has nothing to do with firefighter McFadden and we don’t want people to get that impression in case they, in good will, wanted to make a donation or buy the shirt thinking that’s what the fundraiser was for,” Boucher said.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Firefighter, resident taken to hospital following New Britain house fire

A firefighter and the resident of a home that caught fire in New Britain early Wednesday morning are recovering after they were sent to the hospital. Officials said the fire broke out around 4:45 a.m. at home on Stanwood Circle and when the first crews arrived, they found heavy fire. Assistant Fire Chief Peter Towey said it's believed the fire may have started outside of the house and had spread to the structure. According to officials, a mother and son lived at the house but only the mother was home at the time. She was taken to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries. Towey said fire crews had to mount an aggressive fire attack to douse the flames. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure following smoke inhalation. He's expected to be okay, officials said. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Vehicle Crashes Onto Fire Station Property In West Hartford

A Tuesday crash sent a vehicle careening toward a firehouse in West Hartford, police said. At 3:30 p.m., West Hartford police received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Mildred Road. Police determined that a vehicle traveling east on Mildred Road and left the road for an unknown reason, police said. The vehicle then entered the property of the West Hartford Fire Department's Station 5 and struck a generator, a monument at the fire department and a fire hydrant, according to police. The Fire Department was able to quickly shut off a gas line that fed the generator, police said. Connecticut Natural Gas and the Metropolitan Water District sent crews out for repairs. Berkshire Road was closed temporarily while the work was being done.
West Hartford Patch

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