Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fire at 47 Winter Street

The Willimantic Fire Department responded to 47 Winter Street this afternoon for a reported fire in a dryer. Engine 301 responded with Captain Card as the Officer in Charge and Captain Smat on overtime as the driver. Chief Palmer and Deputy Chief Scrivener also responded. (Both ambulances were on medical calls).

Chief Palmer arrived to find light smoke showing and established Command. Captain Card made a quick reconnaissance entry and found the basement heavily charged with smoke. Additional help was requested while the two Captains attacked the dryer fire with a pressurized water extinguisher. As help was arriving, the Deputy Chief stretched a 1 3/4" line to the basement, and it was charged--although never utilized.

Captain Card reported flames touching the ceiling of the basement as the clothes inside and on top of the dryer were burning. Ultimately, the aggressive actions of Captains Card and Smat kept the fire from extending to the structure. No injuries were incurred for civilians or firefighters; but, the house suffered minor smoke damage.

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