Beacon Hose responded to Morning Wood Drive on Friday, June 25, for a structure fire. After the initial dispatch at 8:09 a.m., firefighter Kevin O’Connell, who lives on the same road, reported heavy fire coming from the home.
We activated our daytime mutual-aid fire protocol, which brought incoming apparatus and manpower from the Naugatuck Fire Department, Oxford Center Volunteer Fire Company, Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, Citizens’ Engine Co. No. 2, and Great Hill Hose Co. Beacon Hose’s Truck 6 and Engine 3 were on the assignment.
Firefighter Mark Pinto, who lives across the street from the home, had already prepared the hydrant and immediately hit the hydrant when Beacon Hose’s Truck 6 arrived first on scene. We established an initial line from Truck 6’s water supply to make a defensive attack on the body of the fire, and additional lines (and later the ladder pipe) were established as soon as flow was established from the hydrant. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within about 20 minutes.
Additional crews made entry to knock down hotspots and complete overhaul. Seymour provided RIT throughout the incident, and Beacon Hose EMTs provided rehab.
We began to release mutual aid by about 9:30 a.m., and most Beacon Hose units were clear by 10:45 a.m. The Beacon Falls Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
We appreciate the hard and swift work by all involved, and our prayers are with the homeowners. Fortunately, there were no injuries to the homeowners or firefighters. Neighbors have established a GoFundMe page to help the family.