Call History
Structure Fire Destroys One Home, Damages Another, Displaces One 
Wed. Apr 22nd 2020
All five of Newtown’s fire companies were dispatched at 23:38 Wednesday to a reported structure fire on Riverside Road. Dispatch reported all parties were out of the structure.

SHVFR Chief Bill Halstead was on the scene within minutes and confirmed the fire as well involved. The male occupant of that dwelling was safely out, Chief Halstead also confirmed.

Firefighters were also challenged with saving a second home located approximately 30 feet south of the burning building. The three residents of that house were also safely out of the home, it was confirmed.

Approximately 50-60 firefighters responded to the scene. Additional firefighters operated the tankers shuttling water to a portable pond providing water to the scene.

It took approximately 45 minutes for firefighters to fully knock down the fire. Extensive overhaul was then done for another hour.

A portable pond was set up on Riverside Road at the intersection of Bancroft Road, providing water to firefighters. Tankers shuttled water in from a dry hydrant at the northern end of Riverside Road, and also from a hydrant located outside Sandy Hook’s main station.

Eversource responded to the scene, and deactivated the power to both structures.

Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps sent a crew to the scene, per protocol for a structure fire.

Southbury Volunteer Fire sent a crew, including a pumper and a tanker, to Sandy Hook’s main station for coverage during the fire. That crew, and a Sandy Hook crew, responded to a commercial fire alarm during the structure fire.

Mutual aid was also received from Stepney, who sent a crew to cover Botsford’s firehouse.

The restoration company JP Maguire was contacted, and sent an employee to board over damage done to the home at 118 Riverside Road.

The Red Cross was also contacted, to assist all four people affected by the fire.

Firefighters cleared from the scene at 2:19 Thursday morning. Sandy Hook returned to service at 3:20, once all apparatus, tools and gear were cleaned. 

Click here for a few additional details and photos: One Home Destroyed, Second Damaged, During Overnight Fire (The Newtown Bee)

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