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HVFC Responds: House fire and oxygen tank explosions, vehicle fire, and 2 medical calls

By Olivia Drake, HVFC

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to four calls for emergency services on Dec. 4, 2021.

At 12:35 a.m., crews were dispatched to a residence on Foot Hills Road for a reported basement fire. The homeowners had already evacuated.

Upon arrival, heavy fire was showing from the first floor of the home. Crews from Middletown South District and Haddam immediately started attacking the fire. During this time, five oxygen bottles, which were stored inside the home, began exploding from within the first floor of the residence.

Water was supplied from a fill site at the corner of Candlewood Hill Road and Little City Road.

Crews worked to extinguish and overhaul the fire for approximately 4 and a half hours. Red Cross provided shelter and care for the homeowners who were displaced by the fire. One firefighter was transported to Middlesex Hospital with an ankle injury.

Mutual aid was provided by Middletown South District, Chester Hose Company, Durham Fire Department, East Haddam Fire Department, Haddam Neck Fire Company, Essex Fire Department, Killingworth Fire Department, and Portland Fire Department.

At 6:20 p.m. on Dec. 4, crews responded to a residence on Thayer Road for a vehicle fire. Firefighters from Haddam and Middletown’s South District quickly extinguished the fire, which started in the engine compartment. The Haddam Fire Marshal is investigating.

In addition, HVFC responded to two medical calls, one on Woods Road at 9:55 a.m. and the other at 4:20 p.m. on Killingworth Road.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company thanks our mutual aid companies:
South Fire District Middletown
Killingworth Volunteer Fire Co.
Chester Hose Company Inc.
Haddam Neck Fire Dept.
Fire Marshal Town of Haddam
Durham Volunteer Fire Company
East Haddam Fire Department
Essex Fire Engine Co. #1
Portland CT Fire Department

Photo by Captain Rich Zanelli, HVFC.


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