03/21/20 New Haven, CT – As companies turned out from quarters they reported that they could see it and looks like a job. Engine 9 arrived and reported a two and a half story, occupied dwelling with heavy fire showing from the second and third floors. Companies stretched multiple lines with an aggressive intent to bring this fire under control. A second alarm was transmitted upon the arrival of the battalion. The fire took about an hour to bring under control. Several occupants of the dwelling were left homeless. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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 Companies were withdrawn from the dwelling to regroup with a new attack.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
New Haven 868 Winchester Ave dwelling fire
12/02/18 New Haven, CT – A report of smoke on the 3rd floor of a dwelling turned out to be a fire in the walls that quickly extended to the third floor and attic. Three lines were stretched and trucks opened up to get ahead of the fire and cut off its spread. The fire was brought under control in about forty five minutes. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Occupants of the second and third floor were displaced. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
08/15/18 New Haven, CT – A mechanic working on a garbage truck ignited a fire involving the truck in a repair bay. The mechanic was injured with non life threatening injuries. The building was the repair shop for All American Waste. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the truck. Three hand lines were stretched and operated to keep the fire in check. Firefighters had to work quick because the truck was CNG fueled. The fire was brought under control within a half hour.
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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