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Groton Responds to Third Alarm

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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.

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RYAN FLAHERTYCorrespondent

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