New Haven 2nd alarm 1303 Chapel St. vacant dwelling 12/25/19 New Haven, CT – New Haven firefighters hoped for a quiet Christmas as they came on shift. Instead, as they pulled out of quarters for the box alarm, companies reported they could see it. Engine Company 6 arrived reporting a top floor fire. Multiple hand lines were stretched as the fire continued to grow. Companies made an interior attack, but were chased out due to deteriorating conditions. A 2nd alarm was transmitted as companies transitioned to exterior operations. Truck companies went to work with a tower ladder and ladder pipe operations. Additional two and half hand lines also flanked the dwelling on all sides to darken down the fire. It took companies about two hours to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshals office. Glenn Duda, CFPA
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 Companies were withdrawn from the dwelling to regroup with a new attack.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
Orange 2nd alarm 612 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 12/18/19 Orange, CT – Orange firefighters arrived to find a well-involved, occupied, private dwelling. Mutual aid was requested for manpower from West Haven and Woodbridge. Companies went in service with 2 1/2″ hand lines. West Haven placed Truck 1’s aerial in service to assist in darkening down the fire. Companies had to battle frigid temperatures, icy road conditions, and a lack of water to finally bring the fire under control about two hours later. The occupants escaped the blaze prior to the fire department’s arrival. One firefighter from Orange was evaluated on the scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshal’s office. Glenn Duda, CFPA
West Haven fatal 2nd alarm 221 Tetlow St. 10/30/19 West Haven, CT – Firefighters arrived to find smoke showing from both floors of a two-story private dwelling. They were alerted while enroute that one occupant was reported trapped. Members of Truck 1 arrived and started forcible entry and searches under colliers mansion conditions. One handicapped victim was located on the first floor. Members had difficulty with removal due to the hoarding conditions. The fire rapidly extended to the second floor and through the roof. Firefighters were withdrawn due to the conditions and darkened down the fire with a quick exterior attack. The victim was pronounced at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state and local fire marshal.
Bridgeport, CT 92 Howard Ave commercial building: 11/23/19 Bridgeport, CT – West end companies arrived to find a one-story, block-long building heavily involved with fire through the roof. Companies went into service with 2 1/2″ hand lines, one tower ladder, and an aerial master stream fed by the fire boat. The fire was knocked down within fifteen minutes from time of arrival. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshals office.
03/12/19 – A plumber soldering pipes in a sixth floor bathroom touched off a fire which burned unnoticed for an undetermined amount of time. The fire is believed to have spread via a pipe chase and into the cockloft before being noticed and reported. It then spread rapidly throughout the cockloft of this block-long, occupied, multiple dwelling. Firefighters were outmatched as the fire had a head start on them. They were soon called off the roof and out of the building as conditions rapidly deteriorated. Multiple alarms were rapidly transmitted to bring all of Yonker’s firefighting force to the scene. Additional companies were brought in from surrounding towns throughout lower Westchester County to help fight the blaze. The fire burned across the entire complex before dropping down into apartments throughout the building. Multiple ladders, master streams, and hand lines from surrounding rooftops were deployed. The fire burned for close to twelve hours before being declared under control at five a.m the next morning. Hundreds of civilians were displaced and several firefighters sustained minor injuries.
02/08/19 West Haven, CT – A long vacant dwelling at 24-26 Richards Pl. was the scene of a wind driven fire in a neighborhood filled with blocks of vacant dwellings. Firefighters had access problems due to the street being blocked off by barriers. High winds rapidly spread the flames throughout the vacant dwelling. An exposure was severely threatened prompting a second alarm to be transmitted. Firefighters went to work using multiple two and a half hand lines, multi-versals, and an aerial to darken down and stop the spread of the fire. The fire took about forty five minutes to bring under control. The cause is being investigated by the fire marshal.