Thursday, July 27 - At 11:48 this morning, Hamden Central Communications received a call from the resident of 4400 Whitney Avenue, who reported that his home was on fire. The lone male occupant was able to self-rescue and escaped with burns and smoke inhalation.
The Engine 5 arrived on scene first, at 11:54. The homeowner was found curbside, reporting a working fire at the address. Fire suppression operations were initiated by the engine company and Rescue 1 personnel tended to the patient, who was subsequently transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
The crew of Engine 5 encountered a heavy volume of fire at the front doorway leading to the living room. While most of the fire was contained to the living room, heat and smoke damage were evident throughout the first floor.
Additional fire companies checked for fire extension and began ventilation and salvage operations. Battalion Chief Richard Otlowski declared the fire under control at 12:22.
During firefighting operations, the Hamden Police Department closed Whitney Avenue and held trucks and busses. Regular passenger automobiles were rerouted through narrow residential streets around the emergency scene.
Fire Marshal Brian Dolan has determined the origin of the fire to be a recently installed propane supplied fireplace insert. The exact cause of the fire within the appliance or adjacent connections remains under investigation at this time.
The photo shows the entry way to the home just after the initial fire attack.
The info in this article and the fire photograph were provided by the Fire Chief's Office.
35th Meeting of the HFRA Well Attended
The 2017 Summer meeting of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association attracted about two dozen members. Mr. Todd Levine, an architectural historian with the State of Connecticut and Chairman of Hamden's Historic Properties Commission fielded questions from members regarding the Association's desire to obtain use of the 1909 red schoolhouse in West Woods for a fire museum.
Following the meeting, member Brian Forsyth and his kitchen staff at the Elks provided a variety of great food for the members. Meeting minutes will be posted on the Member's Only page as soon as they have been typed. A link will be provided here, as well as more photos.
21 of the members who attended the HFRA's Summer Meeting at the Elks. CLICK to enlarge
Standing (L-R): Rev. Owen Sanderson, Jack Mordecai, Bob Macauley, Austin Williams, Bob Viglione, Ray Dobbs, Kerry Castracane, Don LaBanca, Paul Frodel, Jim Leddy, Bob Surprise, Harold Mangler, Bill Fitzmaurice, Dennis Baker, and Dave Johnson.
Seated (L-R): Doug Yocher, Tom Doherty, Chick Manware, Bob Mordecai, Gil Spencer, and Mark Barletta. (Todd Levine photo.)
The Hamden Fire Department has taken delivery of its latest piece of apparatus, a 2016 Smeal quintuple combination pumper, or "quint." The apparatus will serve as a dual purpose engine (pumper) and a 75 ft. ladder truck.
The nickname "Quint" (derived from quintuple) refers to a vehicle with five functions that provides a pump, 500 gallon water tank, fire hose, aerial device, and ground ladders capabilities. Once personnel have been trained on this new apparatus, it will be assigned to Station 5 as Engine 5. This expected to happen sometime in early August. We will have plenty of photos.
Website thanks to the Fire Chief's Office for providing this article and photograph.
Arcadia Press has announced that the publication of Hamden Firefighting is set for Monday, November 20th. The 128-page pictorial history, in Arcadia's popular Image of America series, chronicles the story of the Hamden Fire Department from the formation of the town's first organized fire company in 1896 to the present day.
Well over 200 photographs of individual fire companies, vintage fire apparatus, major fires and other emergencies, as well as group photographs of firefighters from virtually every generation of the department's career and volunteer personnel, help to tell the colorful 120-year story of the HFD.
Hamden Firefighting will be sold at all major bookstores and on Amazon. It also will be available through the Hamden Fire Retirees Association and the Hamden Historical Society, which will share equally in all royalties from the book.