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Elevator Rescue on Church Hill Rd

Just after 12 noon on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Newtown Hook and Ladder was dispatched to 30 Church Hill Road for a person stuck in a stalled elevator. Ladder 114 and Rescue 113 responded to the scene, crews established communications with the single occupant before shutting off power to the elevator. Once power was secure the elevator car door was opened and the occupant was assisted out.

Smoke in the building

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 just after 12 noon Newtown Hook and Ladder with Dodgingtown F.D. to assist responded to a residence on Boggs Hill Rd. for an automatic fire alarm. Engines 112, 111 and Ladder Truck 114 responded. On arrival department firefighters found smoke in the home from a closed damper above the fireplace. The fire in the fireplace was extinguished and removed from the residence. The building was checked for any additional fire as well the chimney was checked for problems and the house ventilated of smoke. Crews were on scene for approximately 40 minutes total.

Water Problem at Newtown’s Public Library

Saturday afternoon on January 4, 2014 Newtown Hook &Ladder was sent to the Cyrenius H. Booth Library at 25 Main St. for a water problem. Members responding with Engine 112 and Ladder Truck 114 and found a broken sprinkler pipe due to the recent cold weather. Shutting off the sprinkler and electrical to the damaged section of the building, crews started water evacuation to lower levels of the building. Restoration / remediation and sprinkler companies were called into assist the library and the building was closed to the public.

See the Newtown Bee story here.

Structure Fire on Thunder Ridge in Sandy Hook

Thursday January 2, 2014, a little after 1pm  Sandy Hook Fire Rescue, Newtown Hook and Ladder and Botsford Fire Departments responded to 6 Thunder Ridge Road to a reported fire in a residential home.

Ladder Truck 114 responded and crews from Hook & Ladder assisted members of Sandy Hook extinguishing a fire in a residential wood framed dwelling. Manning several attack hose lines and performing roof ventilation, the bulk of the fire was extinguished and placed under control quickly. Hook & Ladder sent Engine 1 to a nearby pond to fill tankers and Engine 111 and crew was sent to standby at Sandy Hook’s main station. Dodgingtown Fire Department (returning from a structure fire the town of Bethel) sent Engine 221 and Tanker 229 to Hook & Ladder’s station to cover the remainder of the town.

Hook & Ladder remained on scene for approximately two hours and assisted in overhaul of the building.

Read the Newtown Bee story here.

Structure Fire on The Boulevard

On the very cold morning of Sunday December 8th, 2013 shortly after 1am Newtown Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook and Hawleyville Fire Departments were dispatched to 31 The Boulevard for a reported structure fire. The initial dispatch reported two persons trapped within the building. Incident Commander Assistant Chief Rivera had dispatch alert all five Newtown fire companies and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance as well as Southbury Fire Department to provide a Rapid Intervention Team.

Arrival on the scene found that Newtown Police officers had rescued two occupants from the smoke filled building and were carrying the two victims to safety. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members treated and transported both victims to Danbury Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms.

Firefighters from the initial responding fire companies were able to simultaneously place two attack hose lines in operation inside the one and a half story home, perform ventilation (both horizontal and vertical), while additional crews established a water supply using area hydrants. The bulk of the fire was contained to the rear of the building on the first floor with some fire extension to the second floor.

Local Fire Marshals with the assistance from the Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted the investigation as to the origin and cause. Most responding fire companies were returned to service by 5:30am and Hook & Ladder remained on scene with investigating Fire Marshals for an additional hour.

See the Newtown Bee story.

Chimney Fire in Sandy Hook

On Wednesday morning December 4, 2013, just after 3am Newtown Hook & Ladder was dispatched to Wine Sap Rd in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown. Ladder Truck 114 responded to assist Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue members at the scene of a chimney fire. Firefighters from Newtown assisted with laddering the roof using ground ladders. Hook & Ladder was on scene for approximately 30 minutes.