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06/13/20 Shelton, CT – Multiple departments in the valley battled this fire at the former Star Pin Company that consumed several multi-story, mill buildings.

Derby FD Engine 12 battling a fire
Glenn Duda photo

The fire was reported shortly after 7 p.m. and by the time first-due companies arrived, they had a portion of the complex with heavy fire throughout. The fire quickly spread to the other buildings within the complex, followed by several structural collapses. Companies had access problems since the factory was built river side and there was only a narrow street where they could operate.

massive flames at mill fire
Glenn Duda photo

A heads up move by one of the Shelton MPOs involved drafting from the canal under the street through a manhole. Several ladders, multi-versals, and hand lines worked for hours to darken down the fire. It was not brought under control until eight hours later.

fire engine drafting through a manhole
Glenn Duda photo

The buildings were built in 1875 and the company operated until 1975 making hair pins. The Star Pin Company was founded on September 25, 1866 and originally ten employees produced pins and hair pins within a 5,000 square foot, frame mill in the Wells Hollow section of Shelton. One of the founders and early officers of the company, James C. Hubbard, initially operated a pin shop in North Haven and is credited with inventing one of the first automated hair pin making machines in the United States. Hubbard’s son, Henry Franklin Hubbard, joined the company during the 1890s and was active with the firm for 57 years. During this time he attained the title of ‘dean of American pin makers,’ after designing the machine that produced the first bobby pins. The company’s early success caused it to outgrow its initial factory and in 1875 they erected a three-and-a-half-story, brick mill along the Housatonic Water Company’s recently constructed canal. This structure comprises the first three stories of the present complex’s central block. It was raised to four stories in 1906. By this time the firm employed over 125 workers. The company’s peak came during the 1920’s, whereupon 400 employees toiled within 125,000 feet of total floor space. By the early 1950’s, the company also produced folding paper boxes and grew to 140 employees. In 1973, a Hartford Courant article highlighted the fact that the Star Pin Company was one of the last firms in the state continuing to employ water powered generation, which it used to generate lighting. Following the closure of the Star Pin Company, its Canal Street plant passed to the Genie Manufacturing Company, a division of North American Philips.

New Haven 1319 Ella T. Grasso Blvd dwelling fire
06/26/20 New Haven, CT -Companies were clearing up from a small fire in a dwelling not far away when this box was transmitted. Engine 9 arrived first- due reporting heavy fire, in the rear number two floor of this large, occupied, private dwelling. Multiple lines were stretched as trucks opened up and performed topside ventilation. The fire quickly traveled into the third floor and attic before being brought under control. All hands operated for about an hour to bring the fire under control. All searches proved negative, with no reported injuries. The fire is being investigated by the marshals.

heavy smoke from roof of house on fire
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heavy smoke from roof of house on fire
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heavy smoke from roof of house on fire
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heavy smoke from roof of house on fire
Glenn Duda photo
heavy smoke from roof of house on fire
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Seagrave tractor-drawn aerial at fire scene
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New Haven Firefighters on scene
Glenn Duda photo

Fire dispatch toned out New Hamburg and Baden for a structure fire at 3787 Huron Road, June 24 at 19:30. Dispatch confirmed fire in a barn full of hay with exposures and the New Dundee tanker was requested on this report. A New Hamburg pumper arrived to a fully-involved barn (130 x 30’) with five large silos on the ‘D’ side just a few feet away. On the ‘B’ side was a large shop (130 x 60’) 15 feet away, which had a large beef barn (260 x 100’) attached to it. A second 260 x 100’ beef barn was 100’ from the ‘C-D’ corner of the burning structure.  

New Hamburg’s pumper set up on the ‘A’ side between the fully involved barn and a 200 x 30’ driving shed. Three port-a-tanks were set up for water supply which was shuttled from a hydrant approximately three miles from the scene. Multiple small and large lines were pulled to protect the shop and silos. Baden’s pumper set up on the ‘D’ side and pulled lines to the rear of the barn and was supplied by New Hamburg’s pumper.

Spartan - Dependable fire engine
Gary Dinkel photo

Firefighters did a really good job of protecting the exposures. There was some damage to the shop siding and roof from radiant heat, and it was believed there was no damage to the two silos that had just been filled. It was a warm night and command asked for the balance of New Dundee to the scene to relieve tired crews.

Barn fire in Wilmot Ontario
Gary Dinkel photo

Fire was declared out at 2:00 after a front-end loader pulled the building apart, and spread straw out for firefighters to extinguish.  Forty firefighters worked the fire. Box 690 provided rehab, serving 166 cold drinks. Photos start 25 minutes into the fire. Wilmot had five pumpers, four tankers, three heavy rescues, and a 75’ quint on scene.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Barn fire in Wilmot Ontario
Gary Dinkel photo

Walnut St. Fire (Waterbury, CT) 6/20/20

WATERBURY, CT – At approximately 8:00pm on June 20, 2020, the Waterbury Fire Department was dispatched to 81 Walnut Street for a reported house fire. First companies on scene found heavy fire showing from the 2nd and 3rd floors of a 2 1/2-story, wood frame. Fortunately all 10 family members made it out safely. The fire was put under control but not before special calling extra companies to the scene.
A full gallery of still images from this incident is HERE

house fire in Waterbury CT 6/20/20
Keith Muratori photo
massive flames from house on fire
Keith Muratori photo
Firefighter grabs hose from engine at fire scene
Keith Muratori photo
massiv flames from house on fire
Keith Muratori photo
massiv flames from house on fire
Keith Muratori photo
massiv flames from house on fire
Keith Muratori photo
massiv flames from house on fire
Keith Muratori photo

Windsor, Ct had 2 alarms at 53 Park Ave on 6/14/20 at 13:30. One member became trapped in the basement while searching for the occupant reported to have been down there and gave a mayday. He was removed with no injuries. Occupant was not home at the time of the fire. More pictures
Stay safe,

Patrick Dooley

massive smoke and flames from house fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Seagrave Aerialscope at fire scene
Patrick Dooley photo
massive smoke and flames from house fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Seagrave Aerialscope at fire scene
Patrick Dooley photo
2-Alarm fire in Windsor CT
Patrick Dooley photo

Here are a few pictures from a fire on Joliet’s (IL) west side Sunday morning (6/7/20). The fire was in the 2100 block of Wesmere Lakes Drive. It appears the fire was in the attached garage and spread to the attic. Engine 9 (using spare 19) Truck 9 (using spare 19 staffed again?) were first due. A total of three lines were used and the roof was opened. Also on scene were Engine 8, Engine 7, Engine 10, Battalion 2, and a few ambulances. Crews did a great job with a quick knock of the fire.

joliet fire trucks on scene
Jim Skrabel photo
heavy smoke from house on fire
Jim Skrabel photo
Firefighters battle garage fire
Jim Skrabel photo
aftermath of a house fire
Jim Skrabel photo