New Britain, CT 2nd alarm 408 Arch St. vacant building
02/09/18 New Britain, CT – New Britain firefighters responded to 408 Arch Street shortly before 5 AM to find heavy smoke from a vacant four-story, residential over commercial dwelling. Firefighters found heavy fire in the basement which quickly extended throughout the 100-year-old building. Multiple lines were stretched, but companies could not get ahead of the fire. The interior operations were ceased in favor of an exterior attack. Two trucks and several multi-versals operated into the stubborn blaze. The fire burned for several hours before being brought under control. The entire building had recently been condemned, thereby evicting the occupants. A bodega and one additional business operated on the first floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the New Britain Fire Marshal with assistance from the state fmo.
Chicago firefighters were called to a laundromat at 5130 W. Fullerton Avenue after 2AM Monday morning (4/4/16) and found heavy fire in a one-story, 60×100, commercial building with a bow-string truss roof. The building had no immediate exposures with parking lots on either side. After venting the roof, companies went defensive with Tower Ladder 14 setup to the west and Squad 2A to the east. There was a special call for an additional tower ladder which brought Tower Ladder 23 to the front of the building. Two multi-versals and the three elevated master streams inundated the building with water for two hours.
Heavy fire vented out the front of the building burning a car parked at the curb. The utility company was called to shut off gas to the building as a gas fed fire burned freely near the front.
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