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MEDIA RELEASE:  Tuesday, January 8, 2019 this afternoon just after 4pm (16:02 hours) the South Windsor Dispatch Center received 911 calls reporting a possible house fire with smoke from the side/roof of the house.  

Within a few minutes a SWPD Officer arrived and confirmed smoke and visible fire. 

Photo credit - Journal Inquirer/Jim Michaud.

20190108FirePetsThe home was secured, but the Officer and a citizen could hear dogs inside. The Officer and citizen attempted to enter, but the smoke condition was to intense. With the door open they were able to call for the dogs and all three dogs were safely assisted out of the home.

SWFD responded with 3 engine companies, 1 aerial truck, 1 rescue truck, and approx. 25 firefighters. The Incident Commander, Deputy Chief Carlo Piacentini, prior to arrival, realized the area had limited hydrants and requested mutual aid for an additional 2 fire engines, one from Manchester 8th District FD and one from Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS.

 Crews, simultaneously performed numerous tasks – 2 hose lines extinguishing the fire, vertical ventilation and search. Three (3) cats were located and treated on scene with donated pet oxygen masks and with assistance from the SWPD Community Service/Animal Control Officer, transported to local emergency vet.

 The home was a single story wood frame home that suffered fire damage in two rooms, the living room and kitchen with some damage throughout. No injuries reported. The home owners did arrive while Fire Department was on scene. As the home is not habitable tonight, with the dogs, will be staying locally with family.

The bulk of the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes and placed under control within 45 minutes. Long Hill Road was closed between Pleasant Valley Road and Chapel Road. SWFD remained on scene for over an hour conducting extensive overhaul checking for hidden fire and assisting the Fire Marshal’s Office.

All members did an outstanding job supported by our mutual aid Fire Departments. Broad Brook and Ellington Fire Departments covered our station during the time of the incident.

The SW Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene conducting the origin and cause investigation.

As the winter season is upon us, the SWFD offers reminders of have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and proper disposal of ashes in metal containers away from the home.

Article submitted by Kevin E. Cooney, SW Fire Chief

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