Meriden 6th alarm 169 Pratt St. building fire 05/05/23 Meriden, CT – Firefighters from the Pratt St. firehouse, only several block away, found a large factory building with heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear. The building was partially vacant at the time. Firefighters did a quick search and found one employee in the building and assisted him to safety before a second alarm was transmitted. Companies then went defensive. Multiple additional alarms were transmitted rapidly as the fire quickly extended throughout the building. The additional alarms brought companies from as far away as Hartford and Hamden to the scene. The fire took about two hours to bring under control. Companies remained on the scene for a fire watch throughout the night. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Meriden and State Fire Marshal’s office. Glenn Duda, Allhandsworking.com
New Haven 2nd alarm 52 Ann St. dwelling fire. 05/13/23 New Haven, CT – Firefighters from the Hill section were met with a heavy smoke condition emanating from a two and a half story, private dwelling. Lines were quickly stretched, but firefighters were met with heavy heat and clutter conditions. They were unable to make any forward progress and reach the seat of the fire. The fire soon vented the basement windows and started to reach an auto and the first floor. Companies were briefly backed out so the fire could be darkened down from the outside. Additional lines were stretched to all floors as the fire began to extend due to the construction of the dwelling, and a second alarm was transmitted. Firefighters were able to transition back to the interior and open up to stop any further spread. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control. No one was injured. The cause is being investigated.
12/21/22 New Haven, CT – Firefighters from the hill section arrived to find heavy fire showing from the first floor of a private dwelling. They also received reports that occupants were still inside. Hand lines were quickly stretched to knock down the heavy volume of fire emanating from the front porch. Searches were conducted by the trucks and rescue before companies had to back out in favor of an exterior attack. The fire rapidly extended to all floors. It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control. Two civilians were taken to area hospitals with smoke inhalation. They were removed prior to the fire department’s arrival with the help of neighbors. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
10/12/22 Shelton, CT – A civilian burning cardboard let his fire get out of control, and it spread quickly, igniting nearby piles of cardboard and tires. This pile exposed to the connex box, which it was stacked up against. The box became fully involved and exposed to two autos behind it. Two hand lines and a multi-versal were used to knock down the heavy volume of fire. Companies had extensive overhaul. The town fire marshal is investigating. Glenn Duda, Allhandsworking
11/29/21 Pearl River, NY – Firefighters originally received this call as an AFA, but companies found fire involving the insulation in the basement of the Rise Shooting Range. Firefighters had a difficult time accessing the fire, which continued to grow and intensify. Multiple holes were made in the store floors in an attempt to fill the basement with hi-ex foam. This attempt was futile.
Twelve hours later, conditions continued to worsen forcing an exterior attack to be undertaken. Three aerial ladders, a tower ladder, and multiple 2.5″ hand lines operated into multiple storefronts for hours. The fire eventually erupted in various stores and through the roof before being brought under control after a wrecking crew was brought in to expose hot spots.
New Haven Electrical Substation fire 08/12/20 New Haven, CT – New Haven firefighters responded on a verbal for smoke in the area. Once on the scene they transmitted the box for a fire in a United Illuminating Substation on Water St. Companies could only stand by with precautionary hand lines as UI workers de-energized the equipment. The department utilized its chemical/foam unit to flow Purple K. This had little effect and ultimately foam was used to douse the fire and equipment. This also caused a portion of downtown New Haven to loose power.
08/27/20 New Haven, CT – A verbal from a state police officer on patrol in the area of I-91 reported a large header in the area of Exit 8-9. A still was put out for an auto fire in a junkyard sending an engine and truck. The box was transmitted shortly after the arrival, per the battalion on the scene. Multiple hand lines were stretched along with one tower ladder put into operation. The fire was in a large pile of scrap metal and junk cars. It was brought under control in about an hour.