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Multiple Mutual Aid Assist HVFC with Structure Fire on Saybrook Road

By Olivia Drake, HVFC Information Officer.

(July 19, 2023)—Multiple mutual aid companies assisted Haddam Volunteer Fire Company at a structure fire on Saybrook Road in Higganum.

At 4:50 p.m. on July 18, HVFC was dispatched to a single-family residence for a reported fire in the attic. Upon arrival, HVFC Chief Sam Baber confirmed there was a working fire.

After making an interior attack, firefighters ventilated the roof. The fire was out within an hour and was contained to the attic.

Crews used Higganum Reservoir State Park as a fill site and a drop tank was set up on a closed section of Saybrook Road. All traffic was rerouted during the incident.

Due to the home having a long driveway, HVFC used UTV-13 to transport personnel and supplies to and from the scene.

The home, built in 1900, also was victim to a basement fire five years ago. No one was injured in either incident.

South Fire District

Mutual aid was provided by Chester Hose Company Inc., East Haddam Fire Department, Haddam Neck Volunteer Fire Department, South Fire District Middletown, Durham Volunteer Fire Company, Killingworth Volunteer Fire Co., and Deep River Fire Department. Old Saybrook Fire Department and Essex Fire Engine Co. #1 provided Rapid Intervention Teams (RIT). Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc. was on standby.

East Haddam Fire Department

“This fire could have easily gotten out of control, but thanks to the quick response of all companies, we were able to keep the damage to a minimum and save this historical home,” Chief Baber said.

The call was cleared at 7:40 p.m. The cause is under investigation with the Haddam Fire Marshal’s Office.

Photos courtesy of HVFC.

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