Groton Responds to Third Alarm
Photo by Joshua CingranelliCrews battled a basement fire in this large apartment house.
Photo by Joshua CingranelliGroton Tower 15 with Sub Base Tower 65.
Photo by Joshua CingranelliGroton Tower 15's crew venting windows.
Photo by Sean FlahertyA supply line was hand jacked to Tower 15 but luckily wasn't needed.
GROTON, CT - At 4:54 P.M. on Thursday, May 5th, the City of Groton Fire Department was dispatched to 275 Thames Street for a caller reporting a small fire in the basement that she believed she put out with a hose.
A minute later, Groton Fire Alarm updated companies that they were receiving multiple calls for smoke coming from the house, and that people were possibly trapped. They upgraded to a Box Plus, bringing Electric Boat Engine 12, Poquonnock Bridge Engine 32, a Mystic Engine, Old Mystic Engine, Sub Base FAST and a Groton Ambulance.
Groton Engine 11 arrived at 4:57 P.M. with smoke showing and said they had a victim out front requiring an ambulance. Their crew stretched a one-and-three-quarter inch hose line to the basement. G-10 transmitted the first-alarm at 5:10 P.M. Command transmitted the second-alarm at 5:17 P.M., which added Mystic G-51, G-55, Old Mystic G-67, Center Groton G-71, Sub Base Tower 65, Mohegan Tribal FAST, the Canteen and a Noank Engine for coverage. Towers 15 and 65 performed horizontal ventilation.
Command transmitted the third-alarm at 6:00 P.M., which added Ledyard Engine 11, Gales Ferry Ladder 25, Rescue 27, Norwich FAST, an additional ambulance and a cover company from Waterford. Command reported the fire knocked down at 6:23 P.M. Rescue 27 was not able to respond, so Montville's Rescue was started and then North Stonington’s for their cascade. The Groton Fire Marshal is investigating.