Late last night, at approximately 1130, Westport firefighters were alerted to a possible structure fire on Leslie Lane. First arriving units were met with heavy smoke on the first floor and subsequently discovered a fire in a front bedroom on the second floor of the home. As the fire was being extinguished other units provided ventilation, salvage and searched the house for occupants and fire spread. Quick response and an aggressive attack on the fire limited the amount of fire spread and reduced the amount of damage to the home. Westport EMS provided a crew for standby at the fire. Fairfield and Weston fire departments provided station coverage and responded to other calls while Westport units operated at Leslie Lane. The Westport Fire Marshals office responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. The last Westport units cleared the scene at approximately 0215 this morning.
Early this afternoon, Westport firefighters responded to the old YMCA / Bedford Square construction site on a report of two injured workers. Reports from the scene indicated that a portion of scaffolding had collapsed striking one worker and injuring the other. Responding units worked alongside Westport EMS to stabilize and remove an injured worker from the second floor using a stokes basket. The injuries to the two workers appeared to be non life threatening.
Westport Fire units were kept busy this morning with simultaneous calls including two motor vehicle accidents on the Merritt Parkway. While responding to an accident with injuries between exits 41 and 40 southbound, units discovered a second accident, involving two cars at exit 41 southbound, possibly caused by the traffic congestion. Fire department and EMS units covered both accidents with two people being transported to Norwalk hospital from the one car accident that was initially reported. While units operated on the Merritt Parkway, remaining engine companies covered alarms on Riverfield Drive and Wilton Road.
A Westport Firefighter has left for Northern California to assist with the wildfires after Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. Assistant Chief Michael Kronick is joining the 20-person fire crew from the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew that is part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He’s currently operating at the River Complex in the Shasta Trinity National Forest. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4431/26362/
The D.E.E.P. maintains a roster of staff and personnel from local fire departments who are certified to fight wildfires, which in turn allows Connecticut to participate in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service. A.C. Kronick was last deployed in 2013 to assist Canada with a stubborn fire in the Northern Province of Quebec; he has also been deployed out West several times before. Please join the Westport Fire Department in wishing a safe return of A.C. Kronick and the rest of the Connecticut Fire Crew.
This afternoon Engine 4 responded to the area of Compo Road South and Elaine Road in Westport on the report of a fire near the tracks. The fire seems to have affected a transformer in the area, causing power outages. According to Eversource, 32 customers were without power in the area just before 3 p.m. Power crews were apparently on the scene making repairs.
Courtesy Dave Matlow from WestportNow
Early this afternoon Westport firefighters responded to 1655 Post Road East, Sasco Creek Village for a reported gas leak. First arriving units discovered a leak caused by the ongoing construction in the area and evacuated residents as a precaution. The gas company responded to the scene and repaired the leak within approximately 45 minutes.
On Monday afternoon at 3pm two new firefighter recruits were sworn in to Westport Fire Department as probationary firefighters to replace recent retirements. Ron Burgess Jr. and Adam Gamble were sworn in by First Selectman James Marpe in a ceremony at Fire Headquarters. The two new firefighters will attend firefighter recruit school at the Connecticut Fire Academy for a grueling 16 week course in basic firefighting skills before returning to Westport Fire Department to join their respective platoons for further training.
Late Tuesday evening Westport firefighters assisted Fairfield firefighters by providing station coverage while they battled a large warehouse fire on Thorpe St. The old Fairfield Lumber warehouse caught fire at approximately 7:05pm and required the response of all on duty Fairfield firefighters. Units from Bridgeport assisted at the scene while units from Stratford also provided station coverage in Fairfield. The fire was declared under control at approximately 10pm.