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.