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.
West Haven 2nd alarm 37 Water St. vacant commercial building
02/17/19 West Haven, CT – Firefighters were called to fight another abandoned building fire in an area slated for redevelopment. Firefighters found a two-story, commercial building with heavy fire through the roof. A second alarm was transmitted on arrival bringing additional city units. Two aerials, three multi-versals, and several hand lines were deployed to bring the fire under control. The state fire marshal was called in again to assist the local marshals with the investigation.