Platoon 4 had just finished the night shift; Platoon 2 was starting its second day of three. On this day before Easter Sunday 1991, the alarm came in right after 0800 roll call. Within minutes it went to a second, then third alarm.
Cmdr. (B/C) Tom Doherty was subbing for Platoon 2 Cmdr. Joe McDermott, who had taken ill on the job the previous day trick. Every career fire company in Hamden ended up at the fire, along with Volunteer Co. 8 and Cheshire's Haz-Mat unit, which re-filled SCBAs when the cascade system on Hamden's Rescue 3 ran dry.
Eight years earlier the entire top floor of another building in the complex was also destroyed by fire.
Shirley Manglertook lots of amazing action photos throughout the incident, sixty-five of which can be viewed in a slide show further down this page.
The Hamden Chronicle, April 4, 1991 (Artiicle courtesy of Gil Spencer; photo by Shirley Mangler)
Treadwell Office Park Fire - March 30, 1991
Box Alarm: Engine 2, Engine 1, Rescue 2, Truck 1 and Car 3
2nd Alarm: Engine 3, Engine 4, Rescue 1
3rd Alarm: Engine 5, Engine 9, Vol. Co. 8
Additional Units: Engine 8, Car 1, Car 5 (Marshal), Car 7 (Supt.), EMS Officer, CP 2 (Civil Preparedness), and Cheshire's Haz-Mat Unit; North Haven F.D. covered Station 3
E4 - reverse lay from 295 Treadwell to hydrant at Bagley and Treadwell
E9 - reverse lay from 295 Treadwell to hydrant at Dawes and Treadwell.
An avid photographer, Shirley Mangler is married to one of Hamden's longest serving career firefighters, Harold Mangler. From the mid-1980s until the 2000s, Shirley documented many Hamden Fire Department activities, including some notable fires and several memorable training sessions. Many of Shirley's photos have been published in local newspapers.
Helping us to "preserve our past," Shirley has generously donated a large number of her images to the HFRA archives to be shared with and enjoyed by devotees of the Hamden Fire Department and the fire service in general.
The photos Shirley took of the million dollar fire that struck the Treadwll Office Park in March 1991 are among her finest. Sixty-five of them are displayed in the slide show below. Thank you, Shirley!
Slide show can be navigated manually just by clicking on any image.
Some photos are captioned.
The owner of the brand new rack-bodied truck seen behind Engine 2 was very grateful to Lt. Clark Hurlburt for the rather unorthodox way he got that truck out of the building.
With fire impinging and eventually consuming much of the garage, the electric door would not operate. Clark managed to get the truck started and drove it straight through the overhead door, saving the day for the truck and its owner.
Throughout history, some personnel have been known to do the same thing with fire apparatus.