01/28/18 Willimantic, CT – One of the largest trash management companies in the state went up in flames Sunday morning (1/28/18), just after ten am. Willimantic firefighters found heavy fire inside the facility. The fire quickly spread throughout the extremely large commercial building. Additional alarms were quickly transmitted bringing fire departments from two counties. The fire burned for hours and could be seen for miles. It burned throughout the night and into the next day when heavy equipment was brought in to dismantle the building. During the height of the blaze several collapses occurred prompting firefighters to setup additional master stream operations. One heavy machinery operator was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal. The DEP was also called to monitor air and runoff from the fire.
The business handles and recycles waste for businesses and residences throughout Eastern Connecticut.
10/22/17 New Haven, CT – Just before shift change, firefighters in the Hill section received an early wake up call. They responded to 244 Howard Ave for a dwelling fire. First-due Engine 11 found heavy smoke from the second floor of a dwelling. Companies began an interior attack and searches simultaneously. They discovered that the dwelling was vacant and the fire was in the basement. The fire ran the number two side walls up to the third floor before being brought under control. It was later discovered that the fire started on the first floor, burned through the floor into the basement, then traveled up the walls. There were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire is suspicious. Glenn Duda www.allhandsworking.net
09/01/17 New Haven, CT – A fire broke out in the building housing the Trinity Bar around two p.m. September 1, 2017. The fire occurred in a busy section of downtown with narrow streets and limited access. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire venting from the second floor of a three-story, mixed occupancy building. Firefighters were notified of people trapped on the second floor. During the primary search, a severely burned male was found on the rear fire escape. A second alarm was transmitted due to the occupancy and heavy volume of fire on arrival. Companies made an interior attack stretching multiple hand lines, and were able to knock down extremely heavy fire on two floors. Trucks made the roof and performed topside ventilation. Multiple propane tanks were found on the second floor fueling the intensity of the blaze. One additional civilian was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation. The burn victim was transferred to the burn unit of Bridgeport Hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Glen Duda
Derby 3rd alarm 22 Caroline St 12/04/16 Derby, CT – Firefighters from Derby were alerted to a reported vacant building on fire just after five a.m. The first arriving companies found a four-story, mill building heavily involved. A second and third alarm were transmitted bringing mutual aid firefighters from the valley area in. Firefighters put multiple master streams into operation along with four trucks to quickly darken down the blaze. The cause of the fire is suspicious since the building is slated for demolition. Glenn Duda/Allhandsworking.com
New Haven 2nd alarm 24 Downing St dwelling fire 08/14/16
New Haven (CT) firefighters were called to this address for an early morning dwelling fire. Companies found a heavy fire condition on the first floor of a two and a half wood frame, dwelling. Multiple lines were stretched as the heavy fire extended to the second floor. The house was occupied at the time of the morning fire. Initially, there were reports of one civilian unaccounted for, however the primary and secondary searches proved negative. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down within forty five minutes, but not before heavy damage was done to the home. Multiple civilians were left homeless as a result.
09/12/15 Bridgeport, CT – A box was transmitted by fire alarm shortly before three a.m. for the report of a vacant dwelling fire in the area of Stratford and Hollister Avenues. Firefighters from Engine 6 could see the fire from their quarters as they turned out. Battalion 2 arrived reporting a two and a half story,wood-frame with heavy fire on the second and third floors. Companies went defensive right away deploying multiple hand lines, two multiversals, and the tower ladder. The fire was knocked down in about an hour. The cause of the fire is suspicious. For more photos got to www.allhandsworking.net
New Haven (CT) Engine Six arrived and transmitted the signal 73 for a three story, residential over commercial with fire showing from the second floor. Companies stretched multiple lines and made quick work of the fire . The trucks opened up and found minor extension to the third floor and cockloft. The second alarm was transmitted for precautionary purposes due to the size of the structure and extension. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is under investigation.