Bethel Firefighters Battle Commercial Building Fire
By PATRICK MAGYAR, Correspondent | October 15, 2020 | CONNECTICUT
Story No. 102820103
Photo by Rob FishBethel Tower 1 opening up the alpha side soffits
Photo by Rob FishSHFD Past Chief Galliford assisting interior crew advance a hose line
Photo by Patrick MagyarStony Hill Engine 3 and Bethel Tower 1
Photo by Patrick MagyarAlpha side
Photo by Rob FishCrew from SHFD preparing to make entry
Bethel, CT - Just before noon on Thursday, October 15th, Bethel and Stony Hill Fire Departments were dispatched to a commercial building on Greenwood Ave., for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival of Bethel Car 1, smoke was found pushing from the eaves from a second floor upholstery shop, and a working fire was transmitted. Crews stretched two hand lines into the business and found heavy fire conditions above the drop ceiling. Crews worked to pull ceiling tiles and perform vertical ventilation. Members spent the better part of the next hour chasing hotspots and opening up void spaces in the 70-year-old building. Mutual aid from Brookfield, Danbury and West Redding responded to the scene. The fire was held to the business of origin, however the first floor businesses sustained extensive water damage. One firefighter was treated on scene for a minor injury. The cause is under investigation by the Bethel Fire Marshal's Office.
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