Quick Action – by Canton’s Fire, Police & Two Dogs – Saves Collinsville Residence

By | October 18, 2017


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Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department responded to an early morning residential garage fire at 26 New Road, Collinsville, CT, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:34 am.

Owner Tim Brown was alerted to the fire by his two dogs Blue and Banksy. Canton Police Officer Mark Ferrecchia arrived on scene to find a light fixture, attached to the garage, on fire. The Officer put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the remains of the light fixture, smoke conditions and crackling sounds coming from the garage. Power lines, just above the garage, were another concern.

The garage and Craftsman style home were built in 1890. This style of construction leaves large void spaces in building structures. Fire Captain Joe Ouimette and firefighter Joseph Viener used a ground ladder to cut open sections of the garage to search inside these voids.

Firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour to overhaul the site and ensure there was no further extension, of any remnants of the fire, into either the garage or the adjacent residence. There were no reported injuries.

About a dozen Department Fire, EMS and Fire Police members responded on Canton’s Ambulance, Ladder 2 and Engine 3. An additional fire crew remained on stand by in Engine 6, at the Department’s Collinsville station.