Canton, CT September 7, 2019; 6:41pm…. The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department responded to a fire, on the first floor of a three-family residence, at 81 Dunne Ave, in Collinsville. All residents had already safely evacuated, but some were forced to leave family pets behind.
Upon arrival, the Department found smoke pushing out from the back and side of the building. The fire was quickly extinguished, preventing further extension within the structure and to nearby homes. Firefighters remained on the scene, to overhaul the damaged residences, until about 9:30pm.
There was smoke, electrical and structural damage throughout the three-family home. It has been assessed to be uninhabitable, forcing all residents to be displaced. One pet cat perished at the scene and another was missing at the time of this report.
Dunne Avenue, a narrow winding road with neighboring homes in close proximity, increased the challenges to Canton’s full response, with: 18 firefighters on Engines 1, 3, 4, 6; Rescue 9; Ladder 2; the Department’s Fire Police, Ambulance and Medic Unit closing down the road for nearly three hours. Mutual aid from: Avon Volunteer Fire Department, Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, New Hartford Fire Department and Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department also responded for back up on the scene and/or station coverage for the Town.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Canton’s Fire Marshal.
Photo Credit: Audrey Brown (Ladder Truck) and Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.