Derby, CT

Firefighters from Derby, Ansonia, and Shelton fight blaze on Chapel Street in Derby, CT.


DERBY, CT - At approximately 6:25pm Sunday March 13, 2022, the Derby Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire in the area of Elm Street and Chapel Street. Companies from Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company No. 4, Storm Engine Company No. 2, East End Hose Company No. 3, and Storm Ambulance Corps No.2 responded to the scene. The Ansonia Fire Department was dispatched as RIT (Rapid Intervention Team), and Shelton Fire Department’s Echo Hose Company No. 1 was dispatched mutual aid to the fire. First companies on scene found heavy smoke showing from a 1 1/2 story single family wood frame home located at 59 Chapel Street right on the corner of Elm St. Derby FD-2 Assistant Chief Gloade assumed command of the incident and confirmed the working structure fire. As members made entry into the structure, they encountered heavy fire in a section of the basement and firefighters operating on the first floor reported possible sagging of the floor. Primary searches of the home found that everybody was out of the structure.

The fire took under an hour to be put under control, and was mostly found to have been in one section of the basement. There were no apparent injuries and cause is unknown at the time of this writing. The investigation has been turned over to the fire marshal. Watch video from the scene below.
Photo captures firefighters from Derby Fire Department's Truck 15 (Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company No. 4) heading to the roof.FIREGROUNDIMAGES.COM

Video from the scene shows firefighters from Derby Fire Department's Truck 15 (Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company No. 4) working on the roof to perform vertical ventilation on the structure.

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Seymour, CT

Fire Consumes Building in Downtown Seymour, CT Displacing 5 Businesses

Heavy smoke pushes from historic downtown Seymour building.Great Hill Hose Company (Seymour, CT Fire Department) SEYMOUR, CT - At approximately 2:15 pm on Wednesday April 20, the Seymour Fire Department received multiple calls for a structure fire on Bank Street in the downtown area. Responding companies could see smoke showing from a distance. First units on scene found heavy smoke showing from a 1-story commercial strip mall whose address was later found to be 141 Main Street. Members made and aggressive interior attack, but were soon forced to take an exterior defensive stance due to the travel of fire in the cockloft space above the business. The fire raged for several hours and would escalate to a 3rd alarm before being put under control. Several aerial streams, deck guns, and large diameter hose would be utilized throughout the day. Approximately 150 firefighters would operate on the scene from several local towns. Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, and Oxford responded to the scene mutual aid, while several other towns would man Seymour fire houses and provide coverage for the depleted city. According to Seymour’s Great Hill Hose Company, 2 firefighters sustained minor injuries and one tenant had to be evaluated. In all, the building is a total loss and 5 businesses were displaced due to the fire. Several resident were also displaced from a nearby apartment building.

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