At 1830 hrs, companies responded to 61 Summer St. for a reported fire with fire showing. Battalion 2 immediately transmitted a working fire to bring all New London units to the scene. NLPD confirmed a working fire on their arrival and shortly after BC 2's arrival, a second alarm was transmitted. Heavy fire was blowing from the second floor "B" side of the building which also caused an exposure problem. Battalion 2 assigned the A-31 crew to wet down the exposure building preventing it from igniting. An aggressive interior attack by first arriving units A-11 and A-100 was initiated. A majority of the second floor was heavily involved in fire with extension to the attic. The attic area was extremely hard to access due to the heat and tight area the crews were working in. Eventually all areas of fire were knocked down and an extensive overhaul was required. Once again, due to an aggressive interior attack and a properly staffed shift, over 300,000 dollars in property values were saved, not including contents. Great job by all of those who responded to this fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire Marshal Vern Skau.
Prior to our arrival, good Samaritans in the neighborhood were able to let two dogs that were in the apartment out of the building. Unfortunately one dog did not make it out and perished in the fire. Our condolences to the family for the loss of their pet.
Neighbors also assisted a wheelchair bound elderly female out of the exposure building prior to our arrival. It is unknown at this time who they were.
We would like to thank the following for assisting us at this fire:
Sub Base FAST Team
Norwich Fire Dept. FAST Team
Mohegan Tribe FAST Team
Waterford Fire Department (City Coverage)
New London Police Department
A special thanks to:
The Quaker Hill FD for supplying beverages and food along with the Providence Canteen members who arrived and provided hot and cold beverages along with sandwiches to our members after the fire.
Photos below provided by The Day(Steven Frischling) 61 Summer and BC Curcio (exposure Bldg.) 65 Summer.