Winter Weather – Press Release

Official Press Release – For Immediate Release

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Today Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and the Emergency Management Team released the following message in preparation for the expected major winter storm this weekend.  

“We expect moderate coastal flooding with this storm and want you to be prepared. A coastal flood advisory has been issued for our area by the National Weather Service. We are recommending that vehicles in flood prone areas move to higher ground before it gets dark. Parking for residents of Saugatuck Shores is available at Lot 8 of the Westport Train Station next to exit 17.  Residents in the compo and old mill beach neighborhoods should park at Longshore Club Park.  

There are two high tides tomorrow, one at 10:30 am and a second one at 11:00 pm.  Current forecasts indicate that the 11:00 pm high tide could be higher and have a greater impact.  

Please prepare now, and monitor local media, including Staples High School radio station WWPT 90.3 FM for the latest information.

 Thank you, and please use caution and stay safe during this major weather event.”

Residents can find additional information on the Town’s website www.westportct.gov  and our local National Weather Service Office at http://weather.gov/nyc .

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Serious Motor Vehicle Accident on I95 Northbound

A serious motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer has snarled traffic between exit 18 and 19 northbound. Commuters are advised to avoid I95 in this area for the time being. Reports from the scene describe a tractor trailer striking the bridge abutment at the Sasco Creek Road overpass.

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Early Morning Tractor Trailer Fire on I95

Early this morning at 0524 Westport fire fighters responded to a Federal Express tractor trailer fire on I-95 North Exit 18 to 19. The driver of the tractor trailer was notified by another truck operator via CB radio of a fire around his right rear tire. The Fed Ex driver pulled over to the side of the road and attempted to put the fire out. The tire exploded and the fire extended to the trailer portion and storage area. Westport Fire Fighters extinguished the fire and were assisted by Fairfield Fire Fighters removing packages from the trailer and making sure all the fire was extinguished. The last Fire Fighting unit cleared the scene at 0622 hrs.

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Video Highlights Dangers on Highway

 

This video from the Ct State Police, taken by a cruiser on I95 in Fairfield on Thanksgiving night, highlights the dangers that first responders face every time they respond to a major thoroughfare.

State Police remind motorists to move over and slow down, when there are emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or construction vehicles on the shoulder. The Connecticut State Move Over Law “requires motorists approaching stationary emergency vehicles to immediately slow to a speed below the posted speed limit, and if traveling in the lane adjacent to an emergency vehicle, move over one lane, unless it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so. As defined by law, ‘emergency vehicles’ include ambulances, fire vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles or licensed wreckers.”

This incident shows the dangers of the being stopped on the highway, State Police said.

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Structure Fire on Roseville Road

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At approximately 1:50pm this afternoon Westport firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm at a residence on Roseville Road and arrived to find smoke coming from the home. The alarm was subsequently upgraded bringing all on duty firefighters from Westport, and mutual aid from Norwalk and Fairfield Fire Departments to assist with any subsequent calls in town. The quick response

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Photo courtesy Westportnow.com

allowed firefighters to keep the fire contained, with limited extension to the rest of the house. The Fire Marshal’s office responded to investigate the cause of the fire and units cleared the scene just before 3:30pm

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Mutual Aid to Wilton for Reported Structure Fire

At approximately 11:45 this morning, Westport firefighters were requested by the Town of Wilton to assist at a reported structure fire just over the town line on Westport Avenue. Westport firefighters could see a dark plume of smoke from the general area en route to the call. Upon arrival, units found a camper fully involved with multiple propane tanks exposed. Westport units assisted with fire extinguishment and overhaul and cleared the scene at 12:45pm.

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Mutual Aid to Fairfield for Structure Fire

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Photo courtesy Fairfield FD

Westport firefighters provided mutual aid to Fairfield firefighters on Monday night while they fought a fire on South Benson Road. When Fairfield firefighters arrived on the scene the house was already well involved with fire. Firefighters searched the home while extinguishing the fire but the house was empty. The house was seriously damaged by the fire. All of Fairfield’s on duty firefighters responded to the call which was placed under control at around midnight. Representatives from the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the blaze.

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Santa Gift Run Sign Up Available

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Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that sign-up is available for the 2015 Santa Gift Run.
Please visit our sign up page at http://www.westportfirefighters.com/foundation/santa-gift-run-sign-up/ to sign up for a visit from Santa on a fire truck. Spaces are limited so sign up soon.
We look forward to seeing you all during the holidays.

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Westport Firefighters Assist Norwalk At Large Structure Fire

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Erik Trauttman, Norwalk Hour photo

Thursday afternoon, Westport firefighters were called to assist Norwalk firefighters at a large fire in the East Norwalk area. The Ludlow Shopping Center, a one story strip mall was well involved in fire and Norwalk requested Westport’s tower ladder to respond to the scene, along with units from other surrounding departments. A Westport engine also assisted by covering Norwalk at their Station 4 while firefighters fought the fire. All of Norwalk’s 33 on-duty firefighters responded to the scene with five engines, two trucks, a rescue and a command car.  According to the Norwalk Hour the strip mall includes a  laundromat, A Touch of Class Cleaners, Penny’s Pizza Restaurant, REO Appliance and Licari Custom Floral Design by J.P.

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Flames Damage Colony Road Home

UPDATE:
At 8:54 PM the Westport Fire department received a call reporting a smoldering wire on the exterior of the house. The initial response was one Engine Company and the Shift Commander. While responding Westport Dispatch advised that the homeowner called back

now reporting fire was visible. The assignment was upgraded bringing three additional Engine Companies and the Truck Company from Westport along with Mutual aid companies. The homeowner was instructed to evacuate all family members and wait outside for the Fire Departments arrival.
First arriving personnel found fire burning on the exterior of the house above the garage. One hand line was stretched from Engine 2 and extinguished the fire on the outside of the house. The line was repositioned to the interior of the house to extinguish the fire that had burned through the wall. Truck One overhauled the fire area making sure there was no extension. Engine 5 set up for water supply while Engine 6 searched the house to confirm all occupants were out and to confirm the fire was confined to area of origin. Engine 4 was assigned as the Rapid Intervention Team until the arrival of Mutual aid companies from Fairfield Fire Department. Norwalk Fire department sent one Engine to Westport Fire Head Quarters to cover additional calls.
The homeowner reported smelling something burning and noticed smoke on the exterior of the house. Moments later the homeowner noticed fire in the area of the outside light above the garage. The fire is being investigated by the Westport Fire Marshalls office. The last Fire department unit cleared at 10:56 PM.

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