10/22/17 New Haven, CT – Just before shift change, firefighters in the Hill section received an early wake up call. They responded to 244 Howard Ave for a dwelling fire. First-due Engine 11 found heavy smoke from the second floor of a dwelling. Companies began an interior attack and searches simultaneously. They discovered that the dwelling was vacant and the fire was in the basement. The fire ran the number two side walls up to the third floor before being brought under control. It was later discovered that the fire started on the first floor, burned through the floor into the basement, then traveled up the walls. There were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire is suspicious. Glenn Duda www.allhandsworking.net
09/01/17 New Haven, CT – A fire broke out in the building housing the Trinity Bar around two p.m. September 1, 2017. The fire occurred in a busy section of downtown with narrow streets and limited access. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire venting from the second floor of a three-story, mixed occupancy building. Firefighters were notified of people trapped on the second floor. During the primary search, a severely burned male was found on the rear fire escape. A second alarm was transmitted due to the occupancy and heavy volume of fire on arrival. Companies made an interior attack stretching multiple hand lines, and were able to knock down extremely heavy fire on two floors. Trucks made the roof and performed topside ventilation. Multiple propane tanks were found on the second floor fueling the intensity of the blaze. One additional civilian was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation. The burn victim was transferred to the burn unit of Bridgeport Hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Glen Duda
Bridgeport 1165 Central Ave dwelling fire 02/05/17
Bridgeport, CT – Firefighters responded to 1165 Central Ave for a reported structure fire. Companies had a short drive as the firehouse is a block away. The second battalion arrived to find a three-story, Queen Ann style house with heavy smoke showing form the third floor. Companies attempted to make an interior attack, but were driven out by rapidly deteriorating conditions. One wheelchair-bound female was removed during the primary search. Members withdrew and took a defensive posture as heavy fire took control of the third floor. Two ladder pipes and multiple master streams worked on darkening down the fire. The blaze took about an hour to bring under control. The resident was taken to the hospital and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photos were taken with a Sony cybershot Dsc rx100. Glenn Duda
3-Alarm fire in Milford, CT 267 Melba St. Condo units 01/08/17.
Milford, CT firefighters arrived to find an advanced fire condition showing from the second floor of a three-story, wood-frame condo unit. The fire communicated to the third floor unit as firefighters were getting lines in place. Multiple hand lines were stretched and coordinated with truck work to stop the spread of the fire.
Additional alarms were transmitted bringing all of the city’s resources and mutual aid from West Haven and Stratford. Firefighters dealt with temperatures in the single digits while battling the blaze. The fire was brought under control in an hour through an all interior attack. Six residents were displaced and two dogs were killed. The cause is being investigated. Glenn Duda
3-Alarm condo fire 12/26/1699 at Harbour Close in New Haven, CT –
A call for smoke from the roof turned into an intense firefight that would last hours and leave 32 people homeless. The initial call was received at one o’clock and first-due Engine 11 arrived to find a large, three-story condo complex with smoke showing from the roof. It was their second multiple alarm in two days.
A second alarm was transmitted due to the size of the occupied, multiple-unit dwelling and the long stretch. The complex was located off of the street about one thousand feet and was only accessible from two sides. The fire quickly spread throughout voids and walls as firefighters were getting lines in place. One truck was able to access only a single side of the complex. Multiple ladders had to be carried and placed in order to gain access to begin opening up. A trench cut was placed slowing the spread of fire across the building cockloft, however the fire spread throughout the entire structure via other routes.
A third alarm was transmitted by orders of Chief of Department Alston. Companies chased the fire for hours. Due to access issues only one tower ladder could operated in a limited manner. Multiple hand lines were no match for the deep seated fire. The fire took about six hours to bring under control. Thirty two people were left homeless. One firefighter and one civilian were transported to the hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
2nd alarm dwelling fire 12/24/16 in New Haven, at 28 Stevens St.
New Haven (CT) firefighters went to work just after midnight Christmas morning for a fire involving two occupied dwellings. First arriving companies from the hill station found heavy fire venting from the second floor and rear of the original fire building. It quickly extended to the number four side exposure, a similar occupied dwelling. A second alarm was transmitted as firefighters attacked both dwellings. Multiple lines were stretched to darken down the heavy fire. Searches proved negative in both structures. The blaze took about an hour to bring under control. One person was transported to the hospital with burns. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Glenn Duda