Thomaston Volunteer Fire

House Fire 69 Electric Ave 7/18/09

Thomaston Volunteers were alerted for a possible house fire at 69 Electric Ave, they arrived to find a 2 story wood frame dwelling with heavy fire showing. An immediate call went out to neighboring towns for mutual aid bringing a ladder and engine from Terryville to the scene and one engine from Northfield to cover the station. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire on the first and second floors but it would take almost 2 hours to put out the stubborn fire in the cock loft and attic space. With the collapse of the second floor ceilings and heavy fire in the attic interior crews were pulled out of the structure. Thomaston's Tower 1 was then set up so crews could access the roof to open it up, venting the attic and hopefully getting at the seat of the fire. While this was in progress the Terryville crews backed in their tower and set up to open up the opposite end of the roof. As the fire successfully vented both towers and ground crews with large diameter hand lines deluged the fire and brought it under control. The structure was badly damage and the roof near collapse when the fire was finally declared out. Crews would remain on scene for an extended period for overhaul and to assist the fire marshal with lighting so an investigation of the fire could begin. There were no civilians displaced or injured as the house had been recently vacated by it's tenants.

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