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New London Third-Alarm With Exposures

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

NEW LONDON, CT - At 9:15 A.M. on Monday, November 21st, the New London Fire Department was dispatched to 11 Mott Avenue for multiple calls of a house fire.

A police officer arrived at 9:16 A.M. reporting that the house was fully involved and spreading to other homes. Car 1 transmitted the second-alarm and requested Waterford Truck 15. Engine 4 (acting Engine 3) arrived at 9:18 A.M. saying that they were leading off with the deck gun because they had two houses well involved and that power lines had already came down. Crews stretched multiple lines from Engine 4 into the 'Delta' exposure. Engine 4 had a hydrant feeding them from Neptune Avenue.

Engine 1 established a water supply from the hydrant on the corner of Mott and Elliot. Crews stretched multiple lines from this rig. Truck 2 set up between the main fire building and the 'Bravo' exposure and put their ladder pipe to work knocking down a large volume of fire.

Police, public works and construction workers began knocking on doors to evacuate the neighboring homes. Command transmitted the third-alarm at 9:22 A.M., reporting he had three homes involved. Command made a heads up play and special called New London personnel that were in a class at Ocean Beach.

Waterford Truck 15 set up on Neptune Avenue and stretched a line to the rear where the exterior of a fourth house had also caught fire. Engine 11’s crew ascended 15’s aerial and cut the roof on the 'Delta' exposure which had two floors of fire.

Crews went offensive on the 'Bravo', 'Charlie' and 'Delta' exposures to stop the fire. The 'Bravo' and 'Charlie' exposures were certainly savable, which was impressive considering the windy conditions from Long Island Sound. One firefighter was transported for an injury and the New London Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Units operating included New London Engines 4, 1, 2, Truck 2, A-100, 200, Battalion 3, Car 1; Waterford Truck 15, Engines 11, 42, 51, Ambulance 600; Sub Base Engine 62; Groton Truck 35, G-300 to the scene, Engine 1 to FDNL HQ for coverage; Norwich FAST - Truck 1, Battalion 1; Mohegan Tribal FAST Rescue 1, Canteen 1.

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RYAN FLAHERTYCorrespondent

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