Canton, CT Monday, January 23, 2017: 12:32pm…. The Town of Canton Volunteer
Fire & EMS Department was dispatched to Lisa’s Crown & Hammer Restaurant & Pub,
at 3 Depot Place, for a motor vehicle that drove into the building. One passenger was
reported trapped in the car, water was leaking out of the building, and there was a stron
odor of gas in the immediate area.
Upon arrival, 18 to 20 members of the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS
Department found the vehicle lodged approximately three feet into the kitchen area of
the building. There was an active natural gas leak and water pouring from the structure.
Fire crews shut off the natural gas and water lines, as Canton’s paramedics and EMTs
medically evaluated the driver and passenger. As a paramedic worked to stabilize one
patient, fire crews used a Holmatro tool to quickly remove the roof of the car, enabling
them better access to the patient. Fire crews also charged a hose line to the building, as a
precaution. One patient was transported to the hospital by Canton’s ambulance.
Canton’s fire and EMS crews arrived on the scene with: Rescue 9, Engine 4, Squad 5 and
both ambulances. Burlington Volunteer Fire Department’s Rescue truck was dispatched
for mutual aid on ventilation of the building and extrication of the passenger. Canton Volunteer
Fire & EMS Department cleared the scene at 1:49pm.
CT Water Company, CNG and Eversource were dispatched to the scene on a Priority 1
basis. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Canton Police
Department. The Town’s Building Inspector will be assessing the damage to the
building to determine when it is safe to reopen the restaurant.
The owner of Crown & Hammer was in the building at the time of the accident and
escaped without injury. The Crown & Hammer is closed on Mondays, so there were no
patrons in the building.