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Friday, November 22, 2019

Fire Ravages North Franklin Home

VIDEO: At least 10 fire departments responded to a large house fire in North Franklin Thursday. The home near the intersection of Pond Road and Whippoorwill Hollow Road went up in flames Thursday afternoon. Crews on scene said it was difficult to contain because there are no hydrants in the area. Firefighters from at least 10 departments in the region rushed over to help control the flames and shuttle in water. Video from the scene shows a large portion of the house already destroyed by flames. The fire sent up a smoke plume 5,000 feet high, which could be spotted on Doppler Radar.
WVIT-TV NBC 30 West Hartford

Elves Sneak Into Stonington Fire House To Build Santa’s Sleigh

Mighty big for elves. There's a lot of reasons to love firefighters. Saving lives is at the top of the list. But Santa's helpers? Who knew? Members of the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company decided to build a sleigh for Santa this year to make it easier for him to get in and out, Chief Charles Steinhart V told Patch. Firefighters turned Santa's helpers are Matt McGowan, Joe Cassata, Jason Tagg, Charles Steinhart IV, Charles Steinhart V, Greg Howell, Patrick Chute, Tom Marsh, Cody Morgan, Jon Carner, and Nathan Browning. If volunteer firefighters working through the night to build Santa's sleigh so that kids of all ages from near and far can cheer doesn't warm your heart, well, you're a Grinch. Ho, ho, ho! The North Stonington Santa Run is set for Sunday Dec. 1 from 5 8 p.m.

Update: Maintenance man proved a godsend for residents of New Britain home fire

A couple of weeks ago, a nighttime wind and rain storm knocked over a fence at 103 Tremont St. The maintenance man for the company that manages that property almost postponed showing up Wednesday to repair it as he wanted to because of the weather forecast that day. But Primo Arroyo, 54, of Manchester, said he wanted to get the work done, showed up and is now credited for saving two people’s lives by helping them out of a neighboring house during a fire. “I think God put me in the right place at the right time,” he said. A fire broke out in the basement at 101 Tremont St. Wednesday and was reported around 11:10 a.m. But before fire crews got there, Arroyo said he saw thick black smoke pouring out of the basement windows and went to the front of the house.
New Britain Herald

Thursday, November 21, 2019

With ladder truck broken, New London firefighters look to neighbors for help

Damage to the city’s only working ladder truck has the city’s fire department leaning on its neighbors for help. The 12-year-old ladder truck, known as Truck 2, has been out of service since Nov. 4 when it sustained damage to one of the outriggers during a response to a Colman Street fire. While the truck runs and still responds to fires, Fire Chief Thomas Curcio said the 100-foot ladder cannot be extended due to safety concerns. New parts are expected to arrive by early December and Curcio said the city's certified mechanic plans to get the truck back into action as quickly as possible. The city's second ladder truck, a 1992 Sutphen, is out of service and unlikely to ever see action in the city again. So the city is now in the market for a new ladder truck, which is likely to cost more than $1 million. The department has arrangements in place with fire departments in neighboring towns to respond to every call with smoke or a suspected structure fire.
New London Day ( - Metered Site

Two injured in New Britain basement fire that causes extensive damage

Three people managed to escape after a fire broke out in the basement of 101 Tremont Street in New Britain Wednesday. Two of the three in the building at the time were transported to the hospital of minor injuries. The fire started in the basement and caused extensive damage to that area. There was also smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the building. The fire marshal’s office has been called in to investigate the cause. The families in the building will be displaced and Red Cross has been contacted to help with that process.
New Britain Herald

Family of 3 displaced by Manchester apartment fire

Crews worked to put out a fire at an apartment in Manchester early Tuesday morning, a fire official said. Residents at Imperial Drive exited their apartments after they were woken up by a fire alarm around 2:45 a.m. A bathroom and the surrounding area in one apartment were damaged by flames. A fire official said a family of three people have been displaced. There were no reported injuries. The fire is currently under investigation.
WFSB-TV CBS Channel 3

Officials: Woman seriously injured, man hurt in Merritt Parkway crash

A woman was seriously injured and a man was also hurt in a five-car pileup that shut down the Merritt Parkway, officials say. The crash happened Tuesday on the northbound side of exits 40 and 41 around 4 p.m. Norwalk firefighters say the man and woman injured in the crash were inside the same car, and had to be cut free. They say the man, who was a passenger, was cut free very quickly, but the female driver's extrication took 15 minutes, and she was seriously injured. Both victims were transported to Norwalk Hospital. Four other people involved in the crash were not injured. The parkway was closed for nearly an hour while crews cleared the scene, but has since reopened.
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