A 45-year veteran of the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. and former captain, died at age 61 on Monday.
Joseph Kunzik was trained as a master duty diesel mechanic and worked through the Union of Operating Engineers Local 478 until his retirement in November.
“Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co.1 regrets to announce the passing of past captain and life honored member Joseph Kunzik,” the fire company announced Tuesday.
“Joe was a 45-year veteran of the department, serving as captain in 1991. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kunzik family during this very difficult time.” Kunzik was also a long-time member of the Adratic Marchegian Club in Derby.
According to his death notice, “He was the beloved brother of Jane Ochman and her husband James and uncle of Robert Ochman. Joe will be missed by his many cousins, especially Teddy Kunzik along with numerous friends. He was predeceased by several aunts and uncles.”
Two people were hurt during an overnight house fire in Guilford.
According to fire officials, the call came in for a fire on Three Corners Road around 1:50 a.m. on Thursday.
They said it started on the second floor near a main entrance and spread to the roof.
Firefighters reported difficulties due to ice on the roof. Mutual aid responded from Madison and Branford.
However, they said the fire was quickly knocked down.
The exact cause has yet to be determined.
The two people who were hurt suffered only minor injuries and did not need to be sent to the hospital.
The fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate.
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New Haven had among the highest amount of residents who died of overdoses in 2019, according to figures released by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Hartford had the most with 96 residents dying of a fatal overdose in 2019 — an increase of more than 30 percent compared to the 62 who died in 2018. With 91 resident deaths in 2019, Waterbury also had a marked increase in fatal overdoses, up by about a third from 2018 and more than twice as many residents than the 44 who died in 2017.
New Haven had 58 residents die of a fatal overdose in 2019, up from 41 in 2018 and in 2017. The statistics are based on the number of residents who died of accidental fatal overdoses in 2019 and are not necessarily reflective of the amount of people who died of overdoses in each town that year.
A joint effort between the Westport and Fairfield Fire Departments stopped three separate large brush fires along Interstate 95 from spreading on Wednesday.
According to a release from the Fairfield Fire Department, the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center was contacted at 2:25 p.m. on report of a brush fire between Exit 18 and Exit 19. When Fairfield fire units responded a large brush fire was discovered to be spreading across 3 acres.
Units worked from multiple locations to establish a water supply to battle the fire. Traffic on the northbound side of the highway was briefly stopped but quickly reopened, the press release said. The fire was brought under control at 3:15 p.m. At the same time Fairfield units were on the scene of this fire, Westport fire units were extinguishing another brush fire on Interstate 95 in the area of the exit 18 Sherwood Island connector.
The Volunteer Fire Department asked to replace a fire truck, at a cost of $750,000, during the selectmen’s presentation of their capital improvements budget request to the Board of Finance on Tuesday evening.
Capital improvement budget requests total $2.47 million, but the Finance Board has yet to approve any of them.
The money for the fire truck would be paid through a lease, which wouldn’t exceed the $750,000 figure. Fire Chief Jay Rich said the truck would standardize the fleet and cut down on training and servicing costs.
Rich explained that the new truck would be used for rescue as well as pumping water.
“It has capabilities to do vehicle extrication,” he said. “It can pump water at a fire. It does two functions in one truck.”
Multiple fire crews were called to Old Sherman Turnpike Wednesday afternoon, after a caller reported smoke, according to dispatch reports.
The caller told dispatchers the building at 7 Old Sherman Turnpike had been evacuated shortly before 2:30 p.m.
Firefighters who arrived on scene moments later said there was smoke present on the ground floor of the office building, which dispatchers said holds American Frozen Foods.
“There’s definitely something burning in here, we’re searching now. Room 107,” a firefighter told dispatchers.
One hydrant near the building was reportedly not working, but firefighters said another near the building was in service. As the crews arrived at Old Sherman Turnpike, they received another call for a man with a medical issue on Osborne street.
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