WATERBURY, CT – At approximately 10am on July 13, 2020, the Waterbury Fire Department was dispatched to a working fire at 43 Colley Street in a 3-story apartment building that housed 12 units and a grocery store on the ground level. The fire appeared to have started in the rear of the structure on the 3rd floor from a scooter. The incident quickly escalated to a 3rd alarm and extended to a 2 1/2-story, wood frame at 37 Colley Street. Smoke could be seen from blocks away.
Firefighters took steps to stay hydrated during the extended operations with temps in the 80s. Unfortunately, the fire took the life of a 67 year-old man on the 3rd floor and displaced 35 others. No firefighters were injured in the blaze.
On 6/18/2020, Billerica Fire dispatched companies to a structure fire on Riveredge Road. Heavy fire was showing on arrival and a second alarm was struck, bringing all Billerica companies and a Burlington engine to the scene. Additional engines were requested, with Chelmsford and Bedford responding on a modified third alarm. The building was a complete loss.
On 6/27/2020, Quincy Fire Alarm struck a box for a reported fire on Janet Road. Companies had smoke showing from a distance and a second alarm was struck soon after arrival. Heavy fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes.
Here are some shots from a working fire on Chicago’s south side @ 9231 s Dobson 7/2/20. The fire was in a 1.5 sty wood frame, with heavy fire in the rear. Companies lead out two lines and made quick work of the fire. Truck 42 cut some holes in the roof. Companies on the still were Engines 82 & 72, Truck 42, Tower 34, Battalion 23, RIT Battalion 22 & Truck 17, Squad 5, 2-7-5, and EMSChi-Town Fire Photos
On 7/1/2020, Boston Fire Alarm struck a box for a reported car fire in an underground parking garage downtown. Engine 10 arrived and upon investigation found a car on fire three levels down. Due to the location of the fire, a second alarm was struck to bring additional manpower to the scene. Eventually two additional trucks were requested for smoke ejectors and generators.
Cambridge Ontario Fire covers portions of Wellington County under contract for first hour response. May 19, Cambridge Pump 31, 32, 35, Aerial 33, Rescue 31, Tanker 31, and Car 323 were dispatched to a structure fire on Elm Trail by Puslinch Lake at 08:30. Firefighters could see heavy smoke from kilometers away so they knew they had a working fire. P35 arrived on scene first, reporting a well-involved house fire, and pulled two 45 mm attack lines. Due to narrow roads, a 100 mm supply line was stretched between P32 and P35 from down the road where Tanker 31 could feed P32. P31 pulled in a laneway beside the house and pulled a 45 mm line to attack the fire. Command requested a full response from Puslinch Fire Department (Wellington County). Puslinch responded with a pumper, two tankers, and a rescue. Cambridge Aerial 34 was also requested by command for additional manpower. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in 25 minutes, with overhaul taking another hour. Puslinch Tanker 38 supplied water to Cambridge P31 once they arrived. Cambridge units returned at 10:30, Puslinch remained on scene for a few hours for fire watch. Box 690 provided rehab for the 33 firefighters on scene. Photos taken 30 minutes into the fire.
Here are some shots from the 4th Battalion’s Still & Box Alarm @ 2257-2259 W Taylor St. in Chicago 7/12/20. Companies had two lines on a fire in the cockloft above a Mexican restaurant and some type of clothing store. See our site for more images. Thanks, Drew @ Chi-Town Fire Photos