3-Alarm fire in New Haven CT

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New Haven 3rd alarm 55 Benton St. dwelling fire 
01/05/20 New Haven, CT – A reported basement fire in the city’s Westville section turned out firefighters just before eight p.m. Engine 15 arrived reporting smoke showing from a 1 1/2-story private dwelling. As companies began their operations, they were soon hampered by Collyers Mansion conditions in the basement. Companies tried to make a push, but were unable to gain headway on the fire. A second alarm was transmitted as a heavy smoke condition pushed from the entire dwelling. Companies were withdrawn from the dwelling to regroup with a new attack. Members of Rescue 1 soon reported they were trying to make a push in the basement, but had fire over their heads. Chief of Department Alston immediately ordered the emergency evacuation of the basement. Several members narrowly escaped the flash over-like conditions in the basement as maydays were transmitted. A third alarm was transmitted on the box as members were now ordered to go to defensive operations. The fire soon took hold of the first floor and extended throughout. Multiple hand lines worked for more than two hours to bring the fire under control. One firefighter and one civilian were transported to local hospitals. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 
Glenn Duda, CFPA

several shots are of the mayday as it happened

3-Alarm condo fire 12/26/1699 at Harbour Close in New Haven, CT –

A call for smoke from the roof turned into an intense firefight that would last hours and leave 32 people homeless. The initial call was received at one o’clock and first-due Engine 11 arrived to find a large, three-story condo complex with smoke showing from the roof. It was their second multiple alarm in two days.

A second alarm was transmitted due to the size of the occupied, multiple-unit dwelling and the long stretch. The complex was located off of the street about one thousand feet and was only accessible from two sides. The fire quickly spread throughout voids and walls as firefighters were getting lines in place. One truck was able to access only a single side of the complex. Multiple ladders had to be carried and placed in order to gain access to begin opening up. A trench cut was placed slowing the spread of fire across the building cockloft, however the fire spread throughout the entire structure via other routes.

A third alarm was transmitted by orders of Chief of Department Alston. Companies chased the fire for hours. Due to access issues only one tower ladder could operated in a limited manner. Multiple hand lines were no match for the deep seated fire. The fire took about six hours to bring under control. Thirty two people were left homeless. One firefighter and one civilian were transported to the hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Glenn Duda

fire in a condo building

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firefighters battle fire in a condo building

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firefighters battle fire in a condo building

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firefighter enters window from ladder with smoke

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firefighters battle fire in a condo building

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firefighters battle fire in a condo building

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firefighters raise 50' ground ladder with tormentors at fire scene - bangor ladder

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firefighters in Sutphenn tower ladder battle a fire

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firefighters in Sutphenn tower ladder battle a fire

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firefighters battle fire in a condo building

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firefighters battle fire in a condo building

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firefighters battle fire in a condo building

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firefighters in Sutphenn tower ladder battle a fire

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firefighters in Sutphenn tower ladder battle a fire

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firefighters in Sutphenn tower ladder battle a fire

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