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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Extra Help Needed as Ice, Snow Hinder Firefighters

Hampered by snow and ice in accessing a house fire tonight, Westport firefighters called on units from Wilton, Weston, Norwalk, and Danbury for help, said Westport Assistant Chief Mike Kronick.

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Firefighters carry a portable generator at the scene of the 12 Weathervane Hill house fie tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

Once firefighters laid 850 feet of hose up a steep driveway from Wilton Road to the house at 12 Weathervane Hill, the first floor blaze was quickly brought under control, he said.

Initial word of the fire came at 7:33 p.m. from an alarm company, Kronick said. While en route, the Fire Department received a 911 call from the occupants, who were advised to evacuate, he said.

“Due to access issues, snow and ice, fire apparatus were unable to get close to the house, necessitating the need to stretch 850 feet of hose from the closest fire hydrant to the house to attack the fire,” Kronick said.

He said the additional help was called from the neighboring departments to ensure sufficient resources were on scene to fight the fire, stretch a secondary back up hose line of 850 feet and vent the house of smoke.

“All occupants had self-evacuated and were able to take shelter in a neighbor’s home,” he said.

The Westport Fire Department responded with four engines, one ladder truck, four chiefs and two fire marshals, Kronick said.

Additional help include one engine from Wilton, two from Weston, a ladder truck from Norwalk, and an air support unit from Danbury. In all, 42 firefighters and officers responded to the fire, he said.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshal’s office, and there were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries, Kronick said. The last Westport Fire Department unit cleared the scene at 10:36 p.m.

The Westport Fire Department reminded residents of the importance of clearing fire hydrants of snow and ensuring clear access to a house in the event of emergency.

“Snow and ice can and will hamper firefighting efforts,” Kronick said. “Ensuring clear access to your home and fire hydrants will make it possible for firefighters to do their job quickly and safely.”


Posted 02/18/15 at 11:05 PM


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