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Massive Fire Tears Through Popular Camp in Ashford

By RYAN FLAHERTY, Correspondent | February 12, 2021 | CONNECTICUT

Story No. 021221107

Ashford, CT - At 4:53 P.M. on Friday, February 12th, the Ashford and Eastford Fire Departments were dispatched to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp at 565 Ashford Center Road for a fire alarm.

At 5:03 P.M., Tolland County Dispatch told Engine 120 that they were receiving multiple calls reporting a structure fire at the camp. The first-alarm assignment was filled out, bringing in Ashford, Eastford, Mansfield Squad 307, UConn Tower 122, Tolland Tanker 140 and Willington Hill Tanker 149.

Ashford Car 420 arrived at 5:11 P.M. reporting multiple buildings involved, with one already on the ground. Eastford Engine 171 arrived at 5:13 P.M. and set up on the eastern side while attempting exposure protection. Ashford Engine 120 set up on the western side and stretched a two-and-a-half inch hose line with a blitzfire to the 'Bravo' side.

At 5:18 P.M., Car 120 transmitted the third-alarm, which added Mansfield Tanker 307, Tolland ET 240, Tanker 440, Uconn Engine 122, with Willington ET 113 and ET 249. Squad 307 assisted ET 113 with establishing a draft from the dry hydrant on Eaton Road and sent their manpower forward to stretch a line from Engine 120, which cut the fire off before spreading to another large exposure on the 'Bravo'/'Charlie' corner.

Tower 122 stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch hand-line and positioned it on the 'Alpha'/'Delta' corner using their tank water on the exposure until Eastford Engine 271 established a draft. Engine 271 fed Tower 122, which knocked down a lot of fire.

Crews worked the scene for several hours while the temperature outside was a cold 25 degrees. The Ashford Fire Marshal is investigating with assistance from the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.