Basement Fire At The Preston VFW
Photo by Sean FlahertyHeavy smoke was pushing from this doorway before the crews made a knock on it.
Photo by Sean FlahertyPoquetanuck Engine 11 and Preston Tanker 22.
Photo by Sean FlahertyNorwich Battalion Chief Scott Merchant masks up Preston Captain Mike Guiher.
Photo by Sean FlahertyPoquetanuck Tanker 12 setting up their drop tank.
Photo by Sean FlahertyNorwich Battalion 1 and Car 10 with Truck 1 in the background.
Photo by Sean FlahertyNorwich Firefighter Flaherty having his cylinder changed by Preston Firefighter Jeff Smith.
Photo by Nick BozymEngine 3's crew consisted of Firefighters Jen Peabody & Ryan Flaherty with Lieutenant Andrew Cooke.
Photo by Sean FlahertyMohegan Tribe's Rescue and Norwich Truck 1.
At 11:09 pm on Tuesday, 8/30/2022 the Preston Fire Department was dispatched to 28 Spicer Road the VFW for a fire alarm. Engine 11 arrived at 11:16 with smoke showing from the basement and declared the working fire which added Norwich Engine 3, Truck 1, Battalion 1, Ledyard Engine 11, Gales Ferry Tanker 24, North Stonington Tanker 13, East Great Plain ET-51, Bozrah Tanker 126 and the Mohegan Tribal FAST.
Poquetanuck Engine 11 forced entry into the walkout basement and found a heavy smoke condition. The crew advanced a 1.75” hose line inside where they found the bar area burning. Preston Tanker 22 arrived next and nursed Engine 11. Engine 3 assisted with getting the line into the basement and performed the primary search. Truck 1 set up on the Alpha/Bravo corner and performed overhaul.
A drop tank was set up but luckily did not have to be utilized. The Preston Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.