Fire News: Connecticut

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Kitchen fires, often, are portrayed as humorous situations on sitcoms and popular Walt Disney World attractions. But the Southington Fire Department is taking a minor kitchen fire it responded two over the holiday weekend as a warning to residents that such incidents, often, don't come out harmless, like the one seen at the end of Disney's Carousel of Progress.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Southington Patch
When Walter Wieland joined the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department in 1972 as a firefighter, he didn't envision just how long his time with the department would span. “In 1972 I had lived in Ridgefield for five years and was looking for some way to get involved in the community,“ Wieland said. “I knew some friends who were firefighters and they suggested I join the fire department as a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 12:00:00 PM - SOURCE: New Haven Register - Metered Site
It could take days to determine what caused a massive wind-driven fire along the Mystic River Sunday night. The fire happened on Washington Street at Seaport Marine and damaged multiple buildings and boats on the property. Seaport Marine said the fire destroyed several structures and they are thankful for all the first responders for their efforts in containing the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
An injured hiker was rescued from a trail near Crescent Lake on Sunday. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to UConn Health in Farmington for an “obvious injury” to her lower leg and ankle, according to Southington police. Local police responded along with medics, Southington firefighters and mutual aid from Plainville firefighters to the red trail at Crescent Lake on Sunday, around 2:51 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Britain Herald
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A marina warehouse in Mystic was heavily damaged in a four-alarm fire late Sunday night. Multiple departments responded around 9 p.m. to Washington Street on the Stonington side of Mystic for the massive fire at the Seaport Marine Warehouse. “It's an older building that's been around as long as I've been here which is 26 years,” said Bruce Flax, president, Mystic Chamber of Commerce.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
VIDEO: A New York firefighter's quick thinking helped save a Brookfield woman from a burning vehicle after a crash early Saturday morning, officials said. Crews were called to Route 7 near the Junction Road overpass around 3:13 a.m. Saturday morning to a report of a single-vehicle car crash with fire and entrapment.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
Mon, 28 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
A deadly fire Saturday morning fire on Laura Lane in New Haven is under investigation. Firefighters were called to 80 Laura Lane for a house on fire. Crews reported a heavy fire was seen coming from the side of the home. Fire Chief John Alston confirms one person died in the fire. However no further details are available at this time.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
State police say several lanes of I-84 west were shut down Sunday after a car fire led to a nearby brush fire. Police were dispatched to Exit 68 shortly after 6:38 a.m. for reports of a car fire. When troopers arrived, all occupants were safely outside of the vehicle. The car fire quickly became a brush fire, shutting down several lanes of the highway.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:01:00 -0800
One dog was killed and another was rescued from a house fire that broke out Tuesday evening in Norwalk. In a news release, Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Shay said the blaze began in the basement of the June Avenue home, which had been converted into a living space. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke emitting from each floor of the house.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2022 4:01:00 PM - SOURCE: Norwalk Patch
Two people were injured Tuesday when a motorist driving a box truck lost control of the vehicle headed down a steep hill in Bristol. The accident was reported midday on Willis Street, where the driver of the truck lost the brakes to the vehicle. The driver was able to maneuver through a parking lot in the area before striking an oak tree on Memorial Boulevard, according to Richard Hart, chief of the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2022 2:55:00 PM - SOURCE: The Bristol Press
Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Westport firefighters doused a house fire on Rocky Ridge Road Tuesday, which fire officials blamed on an electrical problem. No injuries were reported in the 3 p.m. blaze, and though power was temporarily cut to the home, the residents were not displaced. "Upon arrival, a fire was observed on the front right corner of the house," wrote Assistant Chief Philip Hessberger in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Westport Patch
A water main break at a Fairfield County home undergoing construction displaced several families and damaged residences. The incident took place in Stamford around 3:45 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21 when the city's 911 dispatch center received reports of a water main break in the vicinity of Hollow Oak Lane and Bel Aire Dr.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Voice
Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
A federal program geared to assist firefighters made its first visit to Connecticut to offer a week-long of training. Through a FEMA grant, the “Fire Ground Survival Program” came to the Manchester Fire Department to train their firefighters as well as some East Hartford Firefighters and firefighters from Manchester's 8th District Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
The Fairfield Police and Fire departments are in line to receive a $7 million upgraded radio system to replace the 30-year-old system the departments currently use. Under the plan, which received unanimous approval by the Board of Selectpersons on Monday, the new Motorola Solutions system will be compatible with the state's Public Safety Radio System, which will ensure that Fairfield emergency services will be able to communicate with other nearby departments.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2022 3:57:00 PM - SOURCE: Fairfield Patch
Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:23:00 -0800
A local man was seriously burned Saturday while conducting an unauthorized fire in his backyard, resulting in burns that required Life Star to transfer him to a hospital. The Vernon Fire Department was dispatched to 38 East St. around 3 p.m. Saturday, where they found a 43-year-old man suffering from serious burns to his legs and arms.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2022 6:23:00 PM - SOURCE: Journal Inquirer - Metered Site
As you get ready to gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving, there are some safety tips to keep in mind. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for house fires during cooking. When you are picking up your turkey and you are thinking about frying it, make sure it is defrosted completely.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
Emergency crews have evacuated homes on Mott Avenue in New London because of a wind-driven fire that has destroyed one residence and caused significant damage to two others. One firefighter was transported to the hospital to be treated for an injury. No additional information was immediately available on the injury.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
James F. Ryan, 89, of 4 Buttonball Rd., Danbury, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Danbury Hospital. Jim was born on January 10th, 1933 in Bethel, CT, the son of the late Thomas K. Ryan and Marion (Lee) Ryan. He was very active in sports and loved the game of basketball which he played in school and in the church leagues.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2022 7:00:00 PM - SOURCE: Danbury Patch
A dumpster fire ignited a blaze inside of a residential building in Fairfield. The fire happened Sunday night on Kings Highway. Authorities say it originated in a storage room of the building in a locked unit. The fire was in a large complex, which made it a little harder for firefighters to locate the source.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Crews were called to a second alarm fire on Brooklawn Circle Saturday morning. Officials said the call came in around 8:08 a.m. for a reported structure fire at 171 Brooklawn Circle. At the scene, fire crews witnessed a heavy fire going through the roof. Due to the amount of fire, crews had to attack it from the outside of the home.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Fri, 18 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Firefighters put out a fire at Ahlstrom on Canal Bank Road in Windsor Locks on Thursday. A Facebook post from the Windsor Locks Fire Department said they, along with the Warehouse Point Fire Department and Enfield Firefighters Local 3912, responded. The Warehouse Point Fire Department said in a post on Facebook that they responded at 7:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
The Greenwich Fire Department is requesting an emergency appropriation of $98,500 for the removal of potentially dangerous firefighting foam from nine fire engines in the fleet. Funds would also be used to help with cleanup costs related to the foam and a fire that occurred in September. This week, the Board of Estimate and Taxation budget Committee unanimously voted 4-0 to approve the request, according to the voted agenda from Tuesday's meeting.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Greenwich Patch
Orange volunteer firefighters dedicated a new fire engine that improves their ability to protect town lives and property while also protecting the environment. The 2022 Spartan fire truck is equipped with a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump and 1,000 gallons of water as well as several compartments full of tools.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2022 8:30:38 AM - SOURCE: Orange Town News
Newington police, firefighters and first responders joined Stew Leonard's and Rep. Gary Turco in handing out 3,000 turkeys to families in need this Thursday. The distribution was Stew Leonard's 43rd annual “Turkey Brigade.” Stew Leonard's team members and first responders formed an assembly line, passing out Thanksgiving turkeys to vehicles as they drove by.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Britain Herald
Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
One person has died in a fire at an apartment complex in Moosup. Police and firefighters responded to the Moosup Gardens Apartments on Gorman Street around 12:40 a.m. for a fire involving multiple apartments, according to police. Arriving emergency crews learned that several residents were possibly trapped in one of the buildings.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
A new "hero pay" program promised frontline workers up to $1,000 in bonuses, but it's badly underfunded. Now Connecticut lawmakers are battling over whether to spend millions more on it. On Wednesday, state comptroller-elect Sean Scanlon urged lawmakers to fully fund the Connecticut Premium Pay Program.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2022 3:36:46 PM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Two cars and part of a fence were destroyed by fire in Fairfield County while their owners were exercising inside a gym. The fire took place in the town of Fairfield around 9:50 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the parking lot of the Equinox Gym located at 226 Old Post Road. When members of the Fairfield Fire Department arrived on the scene they found the two cars heavily involved in a fire, Assistant Fire Chief Schuyler Sherwood said.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Daily Voice
Wed, 16 Nov 2022 07:22:49 -0800
A Danbury pharmaceutical company worker was hospitalized after suffering an injury in a fire that broke out Tuesday morning at the Mannkind Corporation on Taylor Street. When firefighters arrived, they were told by employees that some equipment caught fire and a staff member was able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2022 7:22:49 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
With the approval of the town council, Windham Town Manager Jim Rivers will enter into a contract with a company to oversee the multi-million dollar upgrade of the dispatch center. The project is being funded using $3 million in funding from the state. During their meeting on Tuesday, council members authorized Rivers to enter into a contract with STV Construction, Inc.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Chronicle
Wed, 16 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Fire crews were called to a scrapyard fire in Montville on Wednesday morning. Public safety dispatchers confirmed to Channel 3 that they received calls around 7 a.m. for a fire at 33 Pequot Rd., which is the address for CT Scrap. The scene was described as active. Crews, including mutual aid that was called to the scene, have been working to contain the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
Firefighters are investigating after a box truck with propane tanks on board caught fire in Hebron. Crews have responded to the area of Jennifer Drive. A Connecticut Propane and Petroleum vehicle went up in flames. While employees were driving, smoke was coming from the engine, so the driver pulled over.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish a fire that broke out at a downtown Stamford townhouse on Tuesday morning, but the blaze caused approximately $40,000 worth of damage, according to the Stamford Fire Department. At 8:36 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters were called to a report of a structure fire on Lindale Street next to First Congregational Church in downtown Stamford.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stamford Patch
A popular Danbury sports bar was back in business the very next day following an electrical fire Saturday night. Firefighters were dispatched to Pippa's Sports Café at 114 South Street around 6:10 p.m. but arrived too late to put out the fire. That job was already taken care of by an off-duty Bridgeport fire captain, according to city spokesperson Erin Henry.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2022 5:31:00 PM - SOURCE: Danbury Patch
Smoke detectors are imperative in any home, as the alarm can not only save your house, but countless lives. Crews in Stratford, in assistance with the Red Cross, installed 1,000 smoke alarms in the city on Tuesday. The installation follows a partnership between the Stratford Fire Department and American Red Cross in August 2021.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2022 8:22:50 PM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Tue, 15 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
A man was found dead after fire crews doused a car fire late Monday night, police said. Around 10:30 p.m., New Milford police and the Water Witch Fire Department were called to the Mobile Mini Portable Storage area on Sullivan Road on the report of a car fire. When first responders got to the scene, they extinguished the fire and found the man.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
One of the Cromwell Fire Department's two assistant chiefs, who has spent more than a decade in the company, will be taking the reins of the department. Jason Brade will be sworn into office Saturday at 11 a.m. at the 105 Coles Road firehouse. Ex-chief Jason Balletto resigned from his position Sept.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2022 8:02:26 PM - SOURCE: New Haven Register - Metered Site
Calling hours were held to honor the life of a New Haven firefighter on Monday who died in a highway car crash earlier this month. A viewing for the late 27-year-old Thomas Mieles was held at the Celentano Funeral Home in New Haven. Family members paid their respects between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. while friends of the family were permitted to stop by between 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Tue, 15 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
The Bridgeport Fire Department responded to a fire on Federal Street early Tuesday morning. The fire broke out on the second and third floors of a home on Federal Street just before 4 a.m. Fire, police, and ambulance crews were dispatched. Everyone in the house was evacuated with assistance from police, the BFD said.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 NEW HAVEN
Tue, 15 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Crews extinguished a fire involving an incinerator at a business in New Haven early Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the East Shore Water Pollution Abatement Facility on East Shore Parkway around 3:45 a.m. after getting a report of a fire. Investigators said the fire had extended from the incinerator to the surrounding areas.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
Mon, 14 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
PHOTO: Multiple fire departments responded to a garage fire in Vernon on Saturday. Vernon Fire Chief Stephen Eppler said at approximately 5:00 p.m., crews were called to the scene of a detached garage fire with some extension to a house on Grove Street. All occupants were out of the house and the fire was under control within an hour, but an extensive overhaul kept crews on the scene for a couple of hours.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
Deputy chief of the Meriden Fire Department, Cristina Schoeck, is the first Latina and the first female to earn the position since the department's inception in 1851. “It's really good for young women to be able to see that there are females in the fire service, and that we can move up the ranks,” said Schoeck, who was born to Cuban parents.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2022 5:23:25 PM - SOURCE: MyRecordJournal.com - Metered Site
Fri, 11 Nov 2022 14:23:04 -0800
Flames erupted in a residential home in Tolland in the early hours of Friday morning. Tolland's Assistant Fire Chief, Carl Dojan, said that fire crews got the call for a second-alarm fire just before 4:30 a.m. for a home on Buff Cap Road. When responders arrived, they said they saw a large blaze coming from the residence.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2022 2:23:04 PM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Maurice "Moe" Cattanio, 89, of Wethersfield, CT and Moody Beach, ME, husband to the late Rosemarie Cattanio, who predeceased him in 2018, died peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Hartford Hospital, following a brief illness. Maurice was born on May 21, 1933 and raised in Hartford to the late Peter and Julia Cattanio.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant
There is a dangerous new puzzle that firefighters in Connecticut and around the country are facing. Electric vehicle fires. Right now, there is no hands-on training in Connecticut to learn how to fight these complicated fires. There isn't even an agreed plan of attack. Right now, one fire department in our state is literally writing the book on what to do when EVs burn.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Thu, 10 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Fire crews responded at an early morning fire morning in Willington. Around 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Willington firefighters said they were called to house fire at 88 River Rd. The fire was upgraded to 2 alarms. Assistant Fire Chief Stuart Cobb of the Willington Fire Department said firefighters were able to contain most of the damage to the home's kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
The Danbury Fire Department joined Danbury Emergency Management, Police, Public Works, Schools, Danbury Hospital and Eversource for a Unified Command Emergency Exercise. The goal of the drill was to give firefighters and frontline leaders a hands-on opportunity to mitigate impacts during a critical situation.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2022 9:51:10 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
Emergency crews have responded to Bassick High School in Bridgeport after reports of a discharge of pepper spray. Police said the building is being evacuated and several students are affected. They said the emergency command center received several calls around 8:15 a.m. about an accidental discharge of pepper spray at the high school.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
Thu, 10 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
The Red Cross was called to help Wednesday afternoon after a fire at a Cromwell house, according to authorities. Authorities were alerted to the fire at about 5:45 p.m. at 7 Wexford Lane, according to officials. When crews arrived, they saw flames coming over the roof from the back of the home. The bulk of the fire was quickly put out, officials said, but it took longer to extinguish hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
A trash can fire at a home in Windham damaged the house, leaving two people displaced on Tuesday, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to a fire at 88 West Ave. around 7:41 p.m. Officials said there was a trash can fire that extended to the exterior wall of a building and smoldered for some time before it was noticed.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
A man was taken to the hospital after being trapped in a car that was involved in a three-car collision in Hartford Tuesday evening, firefighters said. At around 6:20 p.m., the Hartford Fire Department was dispatched to the corner of Cornwall Street and Tower Avenue for a car crash involving three cars and reports of someone trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
A lawnmower burst into flames in Tolland Monday morning. Tolland fire officials did not specify where the accident took place, but they did share an image of the flaming mowing on social media. Fire officials said they managed to extinguish the flames quickly and added the mower was far enough away from any dwelling to cause any other damage, except for a scorched section of lawn.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tolland Patch
Mayor Lauren Garrett is looking to make longtime Fire Department leader Jeffrey Naples the agency's next chief. Naples, who has headed the department in an interim capacity since former Chief Gary Merwede retired over the summer, joined the Hamden Fire Department's ranks 16 years ago. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2013 and later became a station captain.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2022 12:41:30 PM - SOURCE: The News-Times Online - Metered Site
VIDEO: 15 people lost their homes following a fire at an apartment complex in Hartford. According to fire officials, the fire began shortly before 5:23 pm at an apartment building on Jefferson Street. Firefighters saw fire on the second floor of the building. Officials say five of the six apartments on that floor were occupied by residents.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
Tue, 08 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Flames erupted in a New Haven home on Tuesday morning, according to the New Haven Fire Department. Fire crews were dispatched to a multi-family home on Plymouth Street around 4:20 a.m. The blaze was quickly classified as a two-alarm fire, and the fire department called in for additional manpower to put it out.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Efforts to improve the “cardiac chain of survival” in West Hartford have resulted in the town's designation as a HEARTSafe Community based on criteria established by the American Heart Association. “What a HEARTSafe Community means is they set a standard,” said Firefighter/Paramedic Rocco Laudato, the West Hartford Fire Department's EMS officer.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: We-Ha.com
VIDEO: The Bridgeport Fire Department celebrated the academy graduation for the class of 2022. This marks the completion of a rigorous 12-week training program for 21 new recruits.It also marks the return to in-house training for the department which previously relied on the Connecticut Fire Academy to get recruits ready for the streets.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
Dozens packed the fire department garage this week as friends, family and colleagues gathered to celebrate the promotion or hiring of 13 first responders in one of the fire department's largest new appointment services. The event Thursday, complete with bagpipe corps, slices of cake and a crisp, open-air atmosphere, marked one of only a handful of in-person promotion ceremonies in the past several years and the highest turnout gathering since the onset of the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2022 5:04:16 PM - SOURCE: MyRecordJournal.com - Metered Site
Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0800
Emergency services responded in Norfolk after a gasoline tanker rolled over on Route 44 and was actively leaking gasoline on Saturday morning. Gasoline infiltrated the storm drain system, resulting in emergency services evacuating six homes near the crash site on Greenwoods Road East as a safety precaution.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
VIDEO: Saturday night, hundreds of community members came out to show their support of the Bristol Police Department and the families affected in last months tragedy. The Farmington and Bristol Police Department went head to head against the Farmington and Bristol Fire Department for a flag football game.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
The Bethel Fire Department will be getting a new video surveillance system. The Board of Selectmen signed off on about $49,000 from the Capital Non-Recurring Fund for the allocation. The Board also signed off on $6,000 for a security system for the Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department, done by the town's IT Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2022 4:14:51 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
A man was not injured after falling down a 30-foot well while blowing leaves Thursday evening in Ledyard, according to authorities. Firefighters were called to Arrowhead Drive at about 7 p.m. to rescue the man. Police at the scene said that the man was alert, but stuck in the well. A confined space rescue team sent a harness down, had the man secure himself so that he could be supported in the water, and then used a gas meter to monitor the air quality inside.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
The New Haven Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Off-duty firefighter Thomas Mieles, 27, was struck and killed on Interstate 91 just south of Exit 8 near New Haven around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. State police said Mieles pulled over in the left lane after he had been involved in a separate crash.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
The state Department of Transportation says its fleet of 11 electric buses remains out of service following a battery fire in July that triggered a federal investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report about the fire in September detailing how the 40-foot long electric bus operated by CTtransit became engulfed in flames while parked at a maintenance facility.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Connecticut Public
Farmington's "bravest" will tackle Farmington's "finest" (though, not literally) in a special flag football game that will raise funds for the families impacted by the horrible tragedy in Bristol last month. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Farmington Fire Department will play the Farmington Police Department in a special fundraising flag football contest at Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, to raise money for the families of the Bristol police officers killed and wounded in an ambush Oct.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Farmington Patch
Members of the Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Union and the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department have launched a competition to benefit charity. Local 1739 challenged the volunteers to a mustache contest for No Shave November. At the end of the month, they'll let residents decide who grew the best mustache.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2022 7:08:33 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
911 calls will no longer be taken by just first responders in New Haven. On Tuesday, Mayor Justin Elicker launched a new mental health crisis response team that is ready to serve the city's most vulnerable. At the New Haven Green, city leaders announced the launch of Elm City Compass, a mental health crisis response team that will go to 911 calls and will complement the police and fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 7:19:50 PM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0700
The Stamford community and fire department are mourning the death of retired Deputy Fire Chief William "Billy" J. Smith III. Smith died on Oct. 27, the Stamford Fire Department announced. He was 71. Smith was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and moved to Stamford at a young age, according to his obituary. He graduated from Stamford High School before attending the University of Connecticut.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stamford Patch
Tue, 01 Nov 2022 09:00:38 -0700
The Easton Volunteer Fire Company has made a donation to the struggling Union Cemetery Committee to pay for maintenance and clean up. There are 44 former members of The Easton Volunteer Fire Company buried at the Union Cemetery. $4,800 from the Russ Neary Fund was donated for the work. Neary was killed in the line of duty 10 years ago while responding to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 9:00:38 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0700
The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company is proud to announce we were recently awarded $225,450 for replacement of our 1973 brush truck! This award is a huge win for the fire company, our town, and our taxpayers. Middlefield was one of only 89 fire departments nationwide that was awarded funds for vehicle acquisition, out of a total 18,000 applicants for the 2021 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Meriden Patch
A college Halloween party may have contributed to a blaze that destroyed the top floor of a Gilbert Street home early Tuesday morning, the fire chief said. One person, a college student, was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, West Haven Fire Chief Michael Terenzio said. No other injuries were reported, Terenzio said.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stamford Advocate - Metered Site
Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0700
Fire officials fought a 2-alarm blaze in a home on Gilbert Street in West Haven Tuesday morning. The fire erupted at about 6 a.m., according to a neighbor on the scene, and was based on the third floor of the home. Once at the scene, fire officials helped evacuate the residents of the building. No official source has confirmed how many people were evacuated at this time.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Grant funding courtesy of a famous actor and comic is helping West Hartford firefighters escape high-rise buildings should disaster strike in town. On Monday, they received and began training on the so-called "bailout kits," which provide firefighters with the means to leave a burning building quickly on the exterior, even if they're on upper floors.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: West Hartford Patch
A 41-year-old male escaped without injury after he lost control of and rolled an oil truck he was operating on New Lebbon Road Monday morning. Newtown Police report Daniel Irizarry of Naugatuck was operating a 2002 International 400 Series 4400 oil tanker on New Lebbon around 7:25 am October 31, when the truck left the roadway, struck a utility pole on the southern shoulder, and then crossed the road, rolling onto the driver's side.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Newton Bee
Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0700
Police are investigating after the playscape at Doolittle Park was intentionally set on fire on Saturday, according to officials. Police responded to Doolittle Park at 80 South Elm Street around 11:05 p.m. on Oct. 29 to investigate a suspicious fire, according to Sgt. Stephen Jaques. Arriving officers found the playscape fully engulfed in flames, Jaques said.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wallingford Patch
Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0700
The Waterbury Fire Department responded to a fire on North Walnut Street Tuesday morning. Crews responded to the scene around 5 p.m. at a single-family home on 207 North Walnut St. The house was unoccupied and no injuries were reported, officials said. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Two people were hospitalized with injuries after a fire at a multi-family home in East Hartford Friday morning. Firefighters were called to Main Street for a working fire a little after 10:30 a.m. No one was home at the time of the fire, but crews found a person outside the residence who was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
At around 1:30pm Sunday evening, Bridgeport Police responded to a vehicle fire and a report of a male on fire at 659 William Street. Police say a man was working on a vehicle at that location and something exploded, causing him to catch fire. The vehicle fire was quickly extinguished. Police say a man in his 50's received approximately 50 to 75% burns to his upper torso.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
Mon, 31 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
Firefighters from Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments tackled a kitchen fire Sunday evening. No injuries were reported. Crews deployed a hose line inside the Grassy Plain Street residence to extinguish the blaze. The American Red Cross has reported it is helping two families – four adults and two children — who were affected by the fire, providing assistance to meet their immediate needs.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bethel Patch
Mon, 31 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
At approximately 7 pm on Saturday, October 29th, the Attawaugan Fire Department, and mutual aid companies were dispatched for reports of flames coming from the roof of a dwelling at 100 Thompson Pike. Donald Jones, who lives nearby said he was outside working on his own home when he saw the whole roof of 100 Thompson Pike "glowing orange".
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Quiet Corner Alerts
East Haven firefighter David Gomez-Colon, who completed his final evaluation by Yale Center for EMS, was credentialed to work solo as a paramedic. Recently, he completed paramedic training in a three-month intensive training program at Mid-Plains College in Nebraska. Firefighter/paramedic Gomez-Colon was a lateral transfer to the East Haven Fire Department from the Bridgeport Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Haven Patch
Fri, 28 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
The town of Greenwich gathered to celebrate the life and service of the late Chief Dan Warzoha. The chief was honored at the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company's eighth annual David N. Theis Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. The event was held at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich. Warzoha was a lifelong member of the Glenville Department, operations manager of the Town's water treatment plant, the fire chief for six years and director of emergency management.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
Friday, Oct. 28 is National First Responders Appreciation Day, a day to highlight the dedication of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us. In the U.S., nearly 4.6 million career and volunteer first responders support the communities they live in, according to the Dept. of Homeland Security.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Danbury Firefighters Local 801 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars have teamed up to collect old, damaged or retired American flags next month. Anyone wishing to drop off a flag may do so at any of the City fire stations in the month of November. At the end of month, the flags will be turned over to the VFW for proper honors and retirement ceremony.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 9:47:13 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
VIDEO: Need a handyman? How about an off-duty firefighter. Hidrent is a New Haven company launched by the tv show “Shark Tank.” The premise is simple — homeowners who need a safe, trustworthy and reliable handyman or woman can hire an off-duty firefighter. Dave Heimbach came up with the idea when his brother-in-law, a firefighter, was working on Heimbach's house in Chicago.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Fighting fires, saving lives and educating children are three major duties of professional firefighters. On Wednesday, Hartford's bravest got to put on their proverbial professor caps and teach city schoolchildren a thing or two about fire safety and, perhaps, save their lives in the future. Hartford Fire Department firefighters from Engine Co.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Patch
Members of the Town of Vernon Fire Department will particulate in a traditional "wet down" ceremony for a new ladder tower truck this weekend. The ceremony is slated for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Nye Street Fire Station. Tower 541 is assigned to the Snipsic Hook & Ladder Company, which was established in 1913 in the Rockville section of Vernon.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vernon Patch
Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
One person was displaced from their home after a fire Wednesday afternoon in Hamden, according to officials. Crews responded to the report of a structure fire in the 100 block of Shepard Street. A neighbor called 911 after noticing smoke coming from the eaves of the home, according to Hamden Fire Marshal Brian Dolan.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hamden Patch
Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: A car was engulfed in flames and firefighters fought to extinguish it after a two-car crash in Glastonbury on Wednesday morning. Responders were called to the scene at Coleman and Chestnut Hill roads just before 7 a.m. One of the drivers and one firefighter suffered minor injuries, according to Glastonbury firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
Bob Nelson, the "voice" of the Danbury Fire Radio during his tenure at the city's dispatch center, has died, according to the Danbury Fire Department. In a Facebook post, fire officials said Nelson started with Western Conn 911 Center (IXP Danbury) as one of its original hires and started training as a 911 telecommunicator in November 2014.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Danbury Patch
Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
A 19-year-old male was transported to Windham Community Memorial Hospital Tuesday evening after getting trapped under a car he was working on. The Willimantic Fire Department responded at 6:26 p.m. The incident happened at 85 Emerald Ave. According to Willimantic Fire Chief Marc Scrivener's report, the man was transported to Windham Hospital with a foot/ankle injury.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Chronicle
Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
Ghost stories are traditionally told around campfires, but this Halloween, a firehouse will be the scene of a ghost story as Orange firefighters turn their Orange Center Road fire station into a haunted house. It'll all be in good fun as members of the Orange Volunteer FD, with the help of some friends, welcome kids over 11 into their station, where ghosts, ghouls, goblins and others will set up camp from 7 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange Town News
Wed, 26 Oct 2022 09:45:04 -0700
An emergency training drill has been held in Bethel. The Fire Marshal recently teamed up with Bethel Health Care Command staff, Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company Chief & EMS Captain and the town's Health Director for the exercise to relocate residents of The Cascades Assisted Living facility in the event of a loss of use of the healthcare facility.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 9:45:04 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
Wed, 26 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: A large fire engulfed a building on Manhan Street in Waterbury on Tuesday night. The flames erupted around 10:30 p.m. The building, a multi-story home, has been completely lost to the blaze. Waterbury emergency crews responded to the scene. Officials have not released any information on who was involved in the fire or if there are any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
At a ceremony last Friday, the town's fire department was awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The $95,962 will be used for confined space training and necessary equipment. The department was awarded $91,392, but the grant required the town to provide a 5% match, or $4,570.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Day - Metered Site
With a couple of Backcountry rescues at Macedonia Brook State Park and the Appalachian Trail in recent weeks, Sherman Volunteer Fire Department decided to update their skills with a couple of training drills. Members participated in phase one of Search and Rescue operations and Wilderness Medicine. Firefighters trained on team operations, how to build personal gear kits and various carry methods for bringing a casualty to safety.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 9:43:06 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
The Mystic Fire Department in partnership with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will have the Halloween parade in downtown Mystic on October 30th at 1pm. Tony Manfredi, the Mystic Fire Chief, had mentioned to Chamber President, Bruce Flax, last year, how he wanted to do more community centric events and the first one on his agenda was the Halloween parade.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stonington-Mystic Patch
When the calls came into the Easton Fire Department from Superstorm Sandy 10 years ago, there was one in particular that changed the department forever: a reported structure fire. Lt. Russell Neary responded to the scene. A number of trees fell on the engine while Neary was still inside, trapping him.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2022 5:38:39 PM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
Tue, 25 Oct 2022 02:38:18 -0700
VIDEO: A two-alarm fire damaged a Bridgeport flooring supply store, officials say. The fire happened at King Floor Supplies 2, located at 215 Island Brook Ave., just after 10 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters from Fairfield and Stratford were called in to assist in putting out the fire. Fire officials say the building houses hardwood floors and adhesives, so there was a concern with the chemical storage in the building as crews were fighting the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 2:38:18 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
At the 24th Annual Salute to Connecticut's Bravest, Danbury Firefighter James Lillis was honored as Firefighter of the year. The award is given to a firefighter that goes above and beyond for their community. He was recognized for his professionalism and exemplary service. Lillis has been with the Danbury Fire Department since 2004 and has served in every Firefighter capacity.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2022 10:04:17 AM - SOURCE: WLAD-AM 800 Danbury
Hartford will use a $250,000 federal grant to install new carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in its public housing units. “Obviously, we house a very important population here of elderly and disabled folks,” said Annette Sanderson, the executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

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