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West Haven 3rd alarm apartment fire 175 Canton St.
11/19/18 West Haven, CT – For the second day in a row West Haven firefighters fought a multi-alarm apartment fire. This fire was called in at 10:30 a.m. reporting a fire on the third floor of the complex, in the Allingtown section of the city. Companies reported they could see it coming into the box. Once on scene, firefighters were faced with an advanced fire in an apartment located on the third floor of a large OMD. An attempt to stretch off the standpipe was negated by an inoperable standpipe. Firefighters were forced to back out to the stairwell due to the delay in water. A second alarm was transmitted as additional resources stretched lines into the complex. Firefighters were then hampered by Colliers Mansion conditions in the fire unit. Truck companies conducted searches and reported three roofs built-up during topside ventilation. The fire took about a half hour to knock down after the obstacles were overcome. All occupants were accounted for, though several received smoke inhalation while evacuating. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

3-alarm fire in West Haven CT

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3-alarm fire in West Haven CT

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3-alarm fire in West Haven CT

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3-alarm fire in West Haven CT

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3-alarm fire in West Haven CT

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3-alarm fire in West Haven CT

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New Haven 868 Winchester Ave dwelling fire
12/02/18 New Haven, CT – A report of smoke on the 3rd floor of a dwelling turned out to be a fire in the walls that quickly extended to the third floor and attic. Three lines were stretched and trucks opened up to get ahead of the fire and cut off its spread. The fire was brought under control in about forty five minutes. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Occupants of the second and third floor were displaced. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

New Haven FD Seagrave TDA at fire scene

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New Haven Firefighters at fire scene

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New Haven Firefighters at fire scene

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New Haven Firefighters at fire scene

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New Haven Firefighters at fire scene

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West Haven 2nd alarm 10 4th St. apartment fire
11/18/18 West Haven, CT – Multiple calls for the apartment fire let city of West Haven firefighters know they were going to work. Companies arrived and found fire out the picture window on the second floor of this three-story OMD. A second alarm was transmitted due to fire conditions and occupancy of the building. Multiple lines were stretched to confine the fire to the apartment of origin. Searches proved negative and the truck found no extension upon opening up. The fire was quickly brought under control. The cause of this fire is believed to be an unattended candle.

apartment building fire in West Haven CT

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apartment building fire in West Haven CT

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Firefighters overhaul after apartment fire

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Firefighters overhaul after apartment fire

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Firefighters overhaul after apartment fire

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West Haven, CT 410 Court St. roof fire;
12/01/18 West Haven, CT – Firefighters were called to 410 Court St for a reported structure fire. Companies found fire emanating from the roof of a commercial building. The truck took the roof to find roofing materials burning. One line was stretched for a quick knock down with minor extension to the interior of the building.

West Haven FD Engine 21

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West Haven firefighters extinguish a roof fire at night

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West Haven firefighters extinguish a roof fire at night

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West Haven firefighters extinguish a roof fire at night

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Waterbury 725 Bank St Mill building fire:

07/30/18 Waterbury, CT – A long vacant mill building went up in flames in the city of Waterbury. The 1st call was received just before one o’clock. Companies reported that a large volume of fire could be seen while responding. Upon arrival, they had a four-story, mill building fully involved. Companies were hampered by difficult access to the building, including a natural gas plant as an exposure. Four ladder pipes and several multi-versals were used to darken down the heavy volume of fire after a two and a half hour firefight. Companies were expected to maintain a fire watch until the building is demolished. The cause of the fire is suspicious.

Waterbury FD fire truck at fire scene

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Waterbury FD fire truck at fire scene

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Waterbury FD fire truck at fire scene

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Waterbury FD fire trucks at fire scene

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Waterbury FD fire truck at fire scene

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Waterbury FD fire truck at fire scene

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Waterbury FD fire truck at fire scene

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Waterbury FD fire truck at fire scene

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Stratford 10 Research Dr. commercial building fire
07/09/18 Stratford, CT – Firefighters were called to Soundsphere around six thirty in the morning for a commercial building fire. Multiple calls were received and firefighters could see it as they were turning out. They arrived to find a one-story, fire resistive building fully involved. Companies went to work defensively with master streams. Multiple collapses occurred throughout the building. The fire was brought under control in and hour and a half. An employee of the company on scene stated that he had mixed chemicals for the day’s job order. He left the area and was alerted by a passing ambulance crew of fire through the roof. No other employees were in the building. It is a total loss.

Sutphen fire truck at a fire scene

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Sutphen fire truck at a fire scene

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Seagrave Aerialscope at fire scene

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Stratford fire engine at fire scene

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Sutphen fire truck at a fire scene

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Sutphen fire truck at a fire scene

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Stratford Firefighters at fire scene

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Stratford fire engine at fire scene

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fire scene with heavy smoke

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Seagrave Aerialscope at fire scene

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4-alarm Willimantic Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St.

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.

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4-alarm fire at Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St. in Willimantic CT 1/28/18

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4-alarm fire at Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St. in Willimantic CT 1/28/18

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4-alarm fire at Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St. in Willimantic CT 1/28/18

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Willimantic FD Maxim aerial at work

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Willimantic FD Pemfab/American Eagle fire engine at work

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University of Connecticut FD Rosenbauer Commander Cobra tower ladder at work

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University of Connecticut FD Rosenbauer Commander Cobra tower ladder at work

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University of Connecticut FD Rosenbauer Commander Cobra tower ladder at work

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4-alarm fire at Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St. in Willimantic CT 1/28/18

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4-alarm fire at Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St. in Willimantic CT 1/28/18

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4-alarm fire at Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St. in Willimantic CT 1/28/18

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4-alarm fire at Waste Paper 1590 W. Main St. in Willimantic CT 1/28/18

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