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Manchester, CT – Sprinkler system activated for fire at restaurant; No injuries reported

A Manchester restaurant will be closed for repairs after a fire broke out early Saturday morning.

Firefighters responded to La Plazita de Mofongo, located at 425 Broad St., about 12:18 a.m Saturday and found fire and smoke throughout the restaurant, according to the Manchester Fire Department.

Firefighters found that a sprinkler system had partially extinguished a blaze in the kitchen. The rest of the fire was quickly brought under control and no injuries were reported, the fire department said.

The restaurant, billed as “a little part of Puerto Rico located in the heart of Manchester” on its social media pages, will be closed until repairs can be made.

“Dear customers, I regret to inform you that we will be closed at the moment for reasons beyond our control,” the restaurant team said in a statement on their Facebook page.

“Thank you for your support and we will work hard to open and provide you with the service and quality you deserve,” the statement said.

The fire marshal’s office was investigating the fire.

Fairfield, CT – Sprinkler system activated for car fire in bowling alley parking garage; No injuries reported

Today’s vehicle fire was located at Nutmeg Bowl at 802 Villa Avenue. The car owner of the Nissan Altima said his son was inside when the engine compartment began to catch fire. There were no injuries and firefighters had the fire out quickly. The sprinkler system above kept the fire from extending to cars parked nearby.

Groton, CT – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at hotel

A fire broke out at the Super 8 Hotel in Groton on Monday afternoon, according to The New London Day. The fire led to evacuation of the hotel and water damage to some of its units.

The fire appears to have started shortly after 3 p.m. in an unoccupied third-floor unit that was used for storage. The sprinkler system extinguished the fire and led to water streaming in to the floors below, according to The New London Day.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

New Haven, CT – Sprinkler system activated for fire at senior apartment building; No injuries reported

Two fires in four days broke out on the 10th floor of the McQueeney Towers public housing complex—the first in an empty office space, the second outdoors on a residential balcony.

No tenants were hurt or displaced as city firefighters quickly put out both blazes.

Both of those fires took place at the 83-unit Charles T. McQueeney Towers Apartments at 358 Orange St. downtown. The public housing authority property is home to low-income seniors and people with disabilities. It also hosts on its groundfloor the headquarters of the Housing Authority of New Haven.

The first fire took place at around 12:20 p.m. on Saturday. The second took place at around 7:58 p.m. on Tuesday. Both occurred on the high-rise’s 10th floor.

Here’s what happened, according to city Fire Chief John Alston.

On Saturday, he said, the fire took place in a non-residential office space on the 10th floor.

The fire was consistent with an overloaded electrical outlet and extension cord, he said. The extension cord was not Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certified.

“It overheated and caused a fire in that area,” Alston said.

Because that 10th-floor office space was empty at the time, Alston said, “the fire burned undetected until it activated the sprinkler system and the alarm system.”

Firefighters contained the blaze, he said, but there was “a lot of water damage” due to the activation of the sprinklers. A lot of the water got into the building’s elevator shaft, he said, leading to the elevator being taken out of service for a few hours.

Thanks to the hard work of an elevator tech and firefighters who “dewatered” and dried the elevator shaft and checked all of the apartments below the fire, the elevator was brought back online within a few hours and no tenants were displaced. (McQueeney Towers has two elevators but, at the time of the fire on Saturday, one elevator was already out of service and awaiting repairs.)

The Tuesday evening fire at McQueeney also took place on the building’s 10th floor, Alston said.

This time, the blaze occurred on a residential apartment’s outdoor balcony.

“A large amount of materials were burned,” he said. “Fortunately, because it was outside, the fire was contained to the outside.”

There was “minor water intrusion” into the unit, he said. Again, no injuries, and no displacements.

This second fire is still under investigation, Alston said. It appears to have taken place in a large, plastic storage container on the outdoor balcony. Firefighters did not find any grill on the balcony, he said.

While the department is not yet sure whether the fire was intentional or accidental, Alston said, the cause appears to be “by human hand.”

Does the fire department think these two 10th-floor fires were related?

“At this time, it’s inconclusive” whether or not they are related, he said.

While the department is confident that the “ignition source” of Saturday’s fire was electrical, he said, the department is still investigating what exactly was the ignition source of Tuesday’s balcony blaze.

How would he describe city firefighter responses to both fires?

“In both instances, tremendous responses,” he said. “Quick response. Quick knock down [of both fires]. I’m very proud.”

Asked for comment on both McQueeney fires, Housing Authority of New Haven Interim Director Shenae Draughn told the Independent: “The fire yesterday was contained to a balcony and was extinguished quickly.  The fire on Saturday activated our sprinkler system that extinguished the fire. Both are under investigation.

“Once the investigation is completed, we’ll implement mitigating procedures. Our team, police and fire did an exceptional job with ensuring resident’s safety and that their subsequent needs were taken care of.”

Willimantic, CT – Sprinkler system extinguishes sixth floor apartment fire

Willimantic police have arrested a man accused of running a methamphetamine operation that caused a fire at his apartment Monday morning.

According to police this morning, 23- year- old Ali Alyodawi was arrested Monday and charged with operation of a drug factory, first- degree reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance or more than a half ounce of cannabis.

While the arrest was Monday, police did not release information about the arrest until this morning.

Alyodawi is due to appear in Danielson Superior Court Aug. 18 and was issued a $ 10,000 bond, according to local police.

Police said Alyodawi lives on the sixth floor of the 560 on Main apartment building.

Willimantic Police Lt. Matthew Solak said Alyodawi is not expected to receive any more charges at this time.

According to Windham Town Manager Jim Rivers, there are 85 units in the building.

Willimantic Fire Department Chief Marc Scrivener said the department got a call about the fire alarm at the apartment building at 10: 59 a. m. Monday.

He said the fire was extinguished by a sprinkler system.

The scene was turned over to Willimantic Police Monday afternoon, according to Solak.

The incident caused quite a scene, shutting down the road in the area of Main and Jackson streets for many hours.

In addition to police and firefighters, personnel from the human services office responded to the scene, as well as Rivers and Windham Fire Marshal/ Emergency Management Director Mike Licata.

Danbury, CT – Fire at Starbucks contained by fire sprinklers; No injuries reported

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Mill Plain café on Friday.

The Danbury Fire Department was called to the Starbucks at 115 Mill Plain Road for the report of fire coming from an outlet.

First responders found a small fire that was being contained by the active sprinkler system, but still required one hose line to be stretched before it could be extinguished.

Smoke made its way into adjacent areas but was quickly ventilated and the fire damage was held to Starbucks. No injuries were reported.

The Health Department was requested to the scene, and the Danbury Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

New London, CT – Kitchen fire in high-rise apartment put out by sprinkler system

A small kitchen fire in the high-rise at 202 Colman St. on Friday night activated the sprinkler units in the building, flooding some apartments.

City firefighters received the call at 7:36 p.m. for a stove fire in a unit on the second floor. The sprinkler system put out the fire but flooded units on the first and second floors, the fire department said. Responding firefighters evacuated eight apartments, ventilated the building and assisted with water removal.

The resident of the apartment where the fire occurred had to be relocated and was being assisted by Red Cross.

Norwalk, CT – Bedroom apartment fire held in check thanks to sprinkler system

Firefighters extinguished a small bedroom fire Thursday morning in an apartment in the Avalon complex on Belden Avenue, according to officials.

Two people, a mother and her 11-year-old child, were evaluated by Norwalk Hospital paramedics at the scene following the 9:15 a.m. fire, but they declined a trip to the hospital.

The fire, which broke out in the master bedroom of the two-bedroom apartment, was largely held in check by the unit’s sprinkler system, but firefighters doused the remaining flames. Additionally, firefighters diverted the sprinkler water out an apartment window to limit damage to the unit.

Residents of the building temporarily were evacuated, but were allowed back in by 10:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Norwalk Fire Inspectors David Burrows and Dale Roos.

Wallingford, CT – Apartment fire controlled by fire sprinklers

More than two dozen people were displaced from their homes after a fire at an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon in Wallingford. The fire occurred at the Parker Place apartment complex at 53 Parker St., according to the Meriden Record-Journal.

The Record-Journal reports several apartments were water damaged when a fire broke out in a fourth-floor apartment, which activated several sprinklers. The sprinklers prevented the fire from spreading beyond the apartment unit where it originated, according to the Record-Journal.

The American Red Cross said Tuesday night that it is helping 14 families — 27 adults — after the fire. One resident suffered a burn injury, according to fire officials.

On arrival, the battalion chief “upgraded to a structure response bring all career and some units from the two volunteer stations as well as Meriden fire for mutual aid,” according to fire officials.

“Multiple sprinkler heads were activated holding the fire in check until companies could make their way in fully extinguish and ventilate building,” officials wrote in a post on Facebook.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the families’ immediate needs. Responders included: Joyce Bullock; Elizabeth Webster; Susan Shaw; Evan Gailey; John Glendon; Patricia Breen.

“The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire,” officials said in a news release. “In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided.

“Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross is able to provide assistance through the generosity of our donors and commitment of our volunteers.”

Seymour, CT – Apartment kitchen fire controlled thanks to fire sprinklers; No injuries reported

There were no injuries reported after a fire in an apartment building on Maple Street Sunday.

Firefighters received a report of a kitchen fire at about 1:15 p.m. in a first-floor unit at 29 Maple St., the former LoPresti School building, which was sold in 2015 and converted into 42 apartments.

A woman setting up an apartment for her mother to move into left cardboard material next to a stove top, which ignited, said Fire Marshal Timm Willis. The fire triggered the sprinkler system. The fire was an accident, Willis said.

“There were combustible items near the stove, and it appears the stove was accidentally turned on,” Willis said. “The occupant found that, immediately called 911, and shut the door behind them, which is important.”

Closing the door helped contain the fire.

“When we first made entry into the first floor we had a heavy smoke condition. Obviously we also had a heavy smoke condition on the second and third floor very quickly,” said Seymour Fire Department Chief Michael Lombardi.

Firefighters entered the apartment where the reported fire was, found a fire in the kitchen and stretched a hose into the building to put water on the flames.

“Once it got hot enough, it activated the sprinkler system, which helped with fire suppression,” the chief said.

Fire damage was limited to the apartment where the fire started. Two other apartments had water damage from the sprinkler system. The smell of smoke was still very much lingering in the building as firefighters packed up their gear about an hour after arriving on scene.

The residents in the 40 apartments evacuated the building as the fire alarm sounded. One woman was relieved to hear her cat was OK. The animal hid under a bed in all the commotion.

Seymour police also relayed info to firefighters about two people with medical needs in the apartment building. Those two tenants were immediately identified and helped from the building when firefighters arrived.

The two residents were evaluated by Seymour Ambulance EMS.

Members of the Oxford Fire Department were also called to the scene to assist. There were about 35 Seymour firefighters and about 10 Oxford firefighters on scene.

The Red Cross was also contacted in case people needed temporary housing. 

A firefighter was left on scene at about 3 p.m. to serve as “fire watch:” that means the firefighter walked the halls and kept an eye on the property as the sprinkler system was reset.
Willis said the building’s fire alarm and fire-suppression system worked properly.

“The fire department did a tremendous job. They were very aggressive, they went right in, they got those two occupants (with medical needs) out very quickly. It was a good job by all,” Lombardi said.