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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Bridgeport Announces Death Of Veteran Fire Marshal

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fire Marshal Alberto Hernandez. Mayor Ganim stated, “I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Alberto Hernandez. We are all very grateful to have lived in a community where we could be under Hernandez’s protection as a Fire Marshal for the City of Bridgeport. He was a widely loved member of our community, and he will truly be missed by all who knew him. Chief Lance Edwards stated, “Al served as the Fire Marshal for the last four years. His laughter and jokes were one of his staples. He was always making light of a situation and reminding us of the lighter side of life. With over 24 years in the department, he’s touched countless lives and left just as many memories.” All are encouraged to keep Hernandez’s family in your prayers and thoughts during this time.
Bridgeport Patch

8 families displaced after Hartford apartment fire

Eight families are displaced after a fire at an apartment complex in Hartford early Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded to a three-story multi-unit apartment complex on North Beacon Street around 1:30 a.m. Once there, crews found a working fire on the first floor rear apartment with heavy smoke on all three floors. According to fire officials, firefighters rescued a woman on the second floor with an aerial ladder. The fire was quickly extinguished and was contained to the apartment where it started. The person who lives in the apartment where the fire was reportedly told firefighters that he was home and outside and when he reentered his apartment, the couch was on fire. That resident then alerted all of the other residents to evacuate and called 911. No injuries were reported.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Update: Back-to-back fires at West Hartford country club ’likely not intentionally set’

Back-to-back fires from April 20-21 that led to the destruction of the Wampanoag Country Club were "likely not intentionally set," according to West Hartford Fire Chief Greg Priest. Priest said that a preliminary investigation into the early morning fires at Wampanoag Drive showed that the fires were likely not started on purpose and that the second fire on April 21 is believed to have been a continuation of the first on April 20. Based on the findings of the investigation, Priest said that there is currently no threat to the public. Priest said the preliminary findings were shared "for the benefit of public interest, transparency, and timely information" and that a "significant amount of time" must be taken for the investigations to consider additional evidence "before arriving at any final conclusions."
WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Over 2 dozen displaced, several pets dead after Waterbury fire

PHOTOS: Over two dozen people are displaced and several pets are dead after a fire broke out at a home in Waterbury Monday night. The fire department was called to a two-alarm fire at a multi-family home on William Street. It appears as though fire tore through the third floor of the structure. Six families lived in the building, and a total of 27 people were displaced. This includes 20 adults, six children and a baby, fire officials said. Crews said several pets died in the fire, but most were rescued. Tenants have since been taken to temporary housing. It's unknown if there are any injuries, but the fire has been placed under control. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Fire Breaks Out On Home’s Solar Panels In Milford

Firefighters extinguished a fire on a solar panel at a Milford home Monday afternoon. Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer Adam Hansen said a 911 caller reported a roof was on fire at 80 Easy St. at 12:28 p.m. Firefighters arrived at the home to find solar panels on the front side of the building on fire. Companies quickly disconnected all electrical services to the panels, Hansen said. Crews exercised extreme caution in extinguishing the fire as there still could have been power flowing to the panels. Firefighters checked the house and attic for extension of the fire. However, crews had stopped the fire before it could spread into the house. No injuries were reported.
Milford Patch

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