OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
This evening at 8:26 PM the Westport Fire Department responded to the reported structure fire, fire on the front porch at 4 Sachem Trail. Four engines, a ladder truck and shift commander responded to the call. The first arriving engine found a small fire burning on the exterior of the residence which was quickly extinguished. The rest of the units arrived and assisted with checking the residence to ensure the fire had not spread. The exterior of the residence sustained minor fire damage. There was a slight smoke condition in the house which was removed by firefighters using an electric fan. A total of 15 firefighters responded to the fire which took 10 minutes to bring under control. The last fire department unit left the scene at 9:26 PM. The cause of the fire was investigated by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office. It was determined that fire place ashes left in a paper bag on the front porch was the cause of the fire. A reminder to all residents, use a metal container when cleaning fire place ashes. They should NEVER be disposed of in a plastic garbage bag or can, a cardboard box, or paper grocery bag. The metal container should then be placed away from anything that can burn. It should NOT be placed next to the firewood pile, up against the garage, on or under a wooden deck, or on a porch.
And as a reminder always check your smoke detectors and fire alarms once-a-month.
Westport firefighters are assisting Weston firefighters battling a basement fire on Arlen Road just over the Westport/Weston line.The fire broke out around 0630. No injuries have been reported at this time. The fire is now under control and crews are in the process of overhaul.
Early this morning at approx 0125 Westport Fire Department was dispatched to I-95 Southbound on the Saugatuck River Bridge for a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer. First arriving fire department units arrived on scene to find a jackknifed tractor trailer blocking the high speed and center lanes with 5 other motor vehicles involved. One vehicle was located in the breakdown lane on top of the guard rail, another vehicle was partially located under the trailer, while a third was pinned against the jersey barrier by the tractors cab. Two other vehicles were located just south of the tractor trailer and all vehicles had moderate to heavy vehicle damage. A total of 10 patients were treated on scene and then transported to Norwalk hospital with non-life threatening injuries and no one had to be extricated from their vehicles. Nine additional people involved in the accident, refused medical treatment on scene and were released by EMS. The Connecticut State police are still investigating the cause of the accident at the time of this press release. The Westport Fire department responded with two engines, a rescue company and the shift commander. The last Westport fire unit cleared the scene at 2:20 A.M.
A major winter storm will unfold across the East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to create a nightmare for the millions of Thanksgiving holiday travelers–even those elsewhere in the U.S. The same storm bringing snow and ice to New Mexico and the southern plains to close out the weekend is set to spread heavy rain across the South and I-95 corridor Tuesday through Wednesday. The storm has already been blamed for the deaths of eight people across the Southwest since Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Substantial snow will unfold from the spine of the Appalachians to the St. Lawrence Valley and far northern New England. More on this story and the possible impacts can be found here http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/thanksgiving-travel-northeast/20290344
At approximately 1:50pm this afternoon, Westport Fire Department units responded to a report of traffic lights down and blocking Sherwood Island Connector. Arriving units found the traffic lights at the intersection of Nyala Farms Road and the Connector down in the road and blocking all lanes of traffic. A civilian vehicle sustained minor damage during the collapse of the lights. State PD and Westport PD controlled vehicular and pedestrian traffic while Fire Department units assessed hazards. Traffic was re-directed around the incident via Nyala Farm Road and Greens Farms Road. State DOT and CL&P were summoned to the scene to disconnect power and repair the lights. Fire Department units cleared the scene at approximately 2:30pm.
The Westport Fire Department responded to a Penske moving truck stuck under the Saugatuck Avenue Railroad bridge. Time of alarm was Wednesday 0823 A.M. and the road was completely closed until approximately 0910 A.M. A slow down of 15 m.p.h. was placed on Track 3 for the duration of the incident so Fire Fighters were able to work above the truck. Fire Fighters had to cut a portion off the top of the truck to disentangle it from the bridge structure. Once the top of the truck was cut the Penske truck with the assistance of a tow truck was removed from under the bridge. Westport Fire department responded with one engine, one rescue and a command car. Metro North had their representatives on scene along with Westport Police. As a reminder to all truck operators know the height of your vehicle and take note of the bridge height restrictions prior to passing under them!
PRESS RELEASE FROM WESTPORT FIRE MARSHALS OFFICE
OCTOBER 31ST 2013
The United States Fire Administration released the latest Civilian Residential Fire Fatality Notice stating that year-to-date, 1,874 people died in residential fires in the United States. Numerous deaths were attributed to not having smoke detectors or detectors not working. These statistics are for fire fatalities only and do not include injuries sustained as a result. Also not included is the number of individuals that were saved as a result of having working detectors. The most tragic loss of life is one that could have easily been prevented with the installation of a new battery.
This weekend, November 2-3, 2013 is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. The Westport Fire Department continues to support “Change your clock, change your battery” and urges everyone to change their smoke detector batteries.
Batteries (standard 9-volt style) will be made available at no cost to Westport residents on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Westport Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East. Residents are to bring in their old batteries. Due to limited quantities, there will be a three (3) battery limit. If any resident is in need of assistance with changing detector batteries, they may call 203-341-5010 to arrange for someone to come to their home to do so (no fee).
If you have any other questions, please contact the Westport Fire Marshals’ Office
Edward Zygmant, Fire Marshal
Westport Fire Department
At approximately 9:48 this morning Westport fire fighters were called to an Oak Street home for a small fire in the basement. During water heater removal, a gas shut-off valve failed causing gas to leak into the basement and ignite. Workers alerted the occupants of the house and managed to shut off the gas at an alternate location reducing the amount of fire damage in the basement. Fire fighters found smoke coming from the basement when they arrived and used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the small fire. The incident is under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshals office.
This morning at 7:08 AM the Westport Fire Department received a call for smoke in the basement in a home on Inwood Lane. The first arriving firefighters found a small fire approximately 3 foot by 5 foot of a rug on fire with a moderate smoke condition in the basement. Firefighters extinguished the fire with a pressurized water extinguisher, and shut down circuit breakers in the house. Smoke was ventilated using fans and the fire was investigated by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office. The cause is determined to be failure of an extension cord serving a dehumidifier in the basement. Firefighters were on scene for one hour. Residents are reminded to plug all portable appliances directly into wall outlets and utilize different circuits to reduce overloading causing possible overheating of wiring.
photo courtesy Fairfield FD
At 7:22 this evening, Westport Fire Department was notified by Fairfield Emergency Communication Center of a car fire on I95 northbound just prior to exit 19. Westport Engines 5 & 2 responded to the call along with Engine 4, Ladder 1 and the Shift Commander from Fairfield Fire Department. Responding Fairfield units traveling south bound indicated a single car on fire on the right shoulder just prior to exit 19. Westport Engine 5 arrived on scene confirming the initial reports with Westport Engine 2 arriving a few seconds later. Westport Engine 5 stretched a single hand line and
photo courtesy Fairfield FD
extinguished the fire quickly with backup from Engine 2. Fairfield Fire arrived on scene shortly thereafter and personnel from both departments worked together to ensure full extinguishment of the fire and to overhaul the scene rapidly. According to State Police on scene, north bound I95 traffic was backed up for an extended period due to the fire. The last Westport Fire Department unit cleared the scene at 7:54 with Fairfield Engine 4 remaining on scene for a short time to assist with the tow.