Connecticut News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fallen tree limb strikes propane pipe, causes leak at Litchfield Woods Health Care Center in Torrington

The Torrington Fire Department were dispatched to Roberts Street early Thursday morning for a reported propane leak. According to officials, firefighters responded to the Litchfield Woods Health Care Center on 255 Roberts Street for a propane leak at 1:38 a.m. Thursday. First responders say a fallen tree limb breaking a propane service pipe was the cause for the leak. Patients and staff were relocated to safety. Torrington fire crews located and shut down the control mechanisms to stop the leak. Repairs are currently in the completion process and the facility is operational. The scene was cleared at 2:48 a.m. All of this occurred during a heavy storm ripping through Connecticut late Wednesday into early Thursday.
WTNH-TV NBC 8 New Haven

Stratford Officials: Woman Drives Into Grocery Store, Hits Man

A grocery store customer was injured Wednesday when a woman drove through the front of a business and struck a man, according to Stratford police. An elderly driver was backing out of a parking space at Big Y World Class Market when she apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, Stratford Fire Marshal Brian Lampart said. The woman then drove backwards into the store through an open garage-style door, taking out several produce displays — including some pumpkins — and hitting a man who was leaving the business with his wife, Lampart said. The man was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life threatening, police said in a news release. The store, located at 355 Hawley Lane, did not suffer any structural damage, according to Lampart.
Orange Patch

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Stamford first responders to get lifesaving water technology

VIDEO: Stamford will soon become one of the first cities to provide first responders patrolling the waterfront with new gear that has the potential to save lives. The Harbor Management Commission is donating 14 man overboard beacons for police officers, firefighters and marina crew workers to wear. The units can be attached to life jackets that inflate if someone falls in the water. The device is then triggered to send out a signal that will help rescuers quickly find the person. "We go out in the worst weather to save people. We go out at night – those are high risk activities," says Stamford Fire Chief Trevor Roach. "We pull people out of the water, and when you pull someone out of the water, your chances of going overboard increase."
News 12 Connecticut

ESPN helps Bristol firefighters shoot fire prevention video

ESPN is helping to promote fire safety in the city. October is Fire Prevention Month, explained Fire Chief Jay Kolakoski to the City Council at its October meeting. “It used to be Fire Prevention Week and it expanded to Fire Prevention Month, and really it’s fire prevention throughout the year for us.” Recently, “we were lucky enough to have one of our great community partners visit us down at Station 4,” he said. “ESPN came down to do some photo shoots to promote their NFL Live show on Saturday. They have a segment called Damien’s Dumpster Fires with Damien Woody, former defensive lineman for the Pats and a couple of other teams for that matter.” While they were there, the city’s marketing director, Dawn Nielsen, persuaded the ESPN film crew to do a public service announce to promote Fire Prevention Month in Bristol, he said, cuing up the 15 second PSA to show the council.
The Bristol Press

Follow Up: Preliminary Report On Plane Crash At Bradley Airport Released, Cause Yet To Be Determined

Federal investigators have yet to say what exactly caused the crash of a B-17 vintage plane at Bradley International Airport earlier this month, but a new report released Tuesday details the pilot’s account of an engine issue moments before impact. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash of the World War II-era plane on Oct. 2. The board said that the cause of the crash will only be revealed upon the completion of the investigation. But the report does detail facts uncovered thus far, including the pilot’s communication that one of the plane’s four engines had a “rough mag” on it. The pilot , Edward McCauley, 75 of Long Beach, Calif., asked if he could return to the airport just a few minutes after the B-17 took off at 9:50 a.m., when it was 500 feet above ground level near runway 6 at Bradley. ATC reportedly approved the pilot’s request.

Orange Volunteer Firefighters Extinguish House Fire

Firefighters from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire in a house late Monday night. There were no injuries. Firefighters responded to a call for "heavy smoke" in a home on 495 Quintard Lane around 11:45 p.m. Monday night. On arrival, they found visible fire in the living room area of the house, according to Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas. They were able to quickly knock down the fire before it could do extensive damage to the rest of the house. "The occupants were alerted by the smoke detector," said Dumas. "They called 9-1-1 and exited the building under their own power. There were no injuries." Dumas said the incident underscores the importance of smoke detectors in homes. The device alerted the home occupants early enough that they were able to get out of the house and call the Fire Department without injury and before the fire made too much headway.
Orange Patch

Milford first responders help deliver baby girl

First responders in the city helped deliver a healthy baby girl Tuesday morning, fire officials said. The Milford Fire Department’s dispatch center got the call around 5:50 a.m. for what officials said was “a not so routine” 911 call: a pregnant woman who was actively in labor. Firefighters and paramedics quickly responded and found that delivery of the baby was necessary. Crews from Quint 3 and Medic 2 helped deliver a healthy baby girl in a home in the Devon neighborhood in Milford, according to Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi. The baby and its mother were transported to Yale New Haven Hospital by Milford fire paramedic personnel. “It was reported that both are doing well,” Fabrizi said.
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