514 Main Street North is a very unique building that gets a lot of attention from motorists, the newspaper and lately the WVFD.
"Cadillac Joe's" as the locals refer to the place, is a unoccupied stone house that the owner has been building for over 25 years. The structure is big, the lawn is dotted with piles of materials that Joe uses to work on the home from time to time but it is very apparent that the structure is unoccupied.
The only heat source in the building is a big old stone fireplace in the center of the building. Joe stokes it up when he is there and when he leaves it is sometimes still going and smoke can be seen billowing out the chimney. Passing motorists think the home is on fire and they call it into dispatch.
The WVFD responds to the home as a non-emergency call, no lights or sirens, and investigates the smoke from the chimney and normally finds that Joe has been and gone, but left the fireplace to burn out on its own. He places big thick metal shields in front so the burning materials don't fallout of the fire box. Today's call was just that - a smoldering fire in the fire place. All units were returned and no action was taken.
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During the year 2018, the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department responded to 355 total calls with an average of 14 firefighters rolling out each time.Rescue & emergency 72Hazardous condition / no fire 67False alarm / false call 131Service call / good intent 60Fire 15Weather related 10
During December 2018, the Woodbury VFD responded to 30 incidents with an average response of 11 firefighters per incidentRescue & emergency 7Hazardous condition / no fireFalse alarm / false call 10Service call / good intent 7Fires - chimney 2
The department responded to 26 incidents with an average of ten firefighters per callout: One fire, seven rescue and emergency calls, two hazard situations without fire; ten false calls, and six service runs.
During April 2018, the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department responded to 34 call-outs, with an average of 10 firefighters to each: The breakdown is Fire-2, both residential chimney fires; Rescue and Emergency - 4; Hazardous conditions - no fire, 5; False alarm or false call - 13; service - 5.
Busy day started with a false alarm at the high school and two back-to-back calls, one false on Main Street and a furnace malfunction on Hyland.
Call out at 4am due to automatic fire alarm / smoke detector alert at town hall.Trucks 4,5,8,9 and rescue 1 responded with 24 total crew.Cause was overheated fan caused oil to smoke. Situation promptly contained / site power shut off temporarily / exhaust fans cleared fumes.Town office opened for business as usual.
The department was called to a structure fire just after 5:30pm. When the first firefighter arrived on scene, within minutes of the tone, he reported in the home was fully involved.While in route Car 1 requested Tankers from Washington, Roxbury and Southbury. She also requested 1 engine from Bethlehem to stand by in Woodbury's main station.The reel truck dropped 1500' of 5" hose to a fire pond just pass the home and established a constant water supply.The occupants were ...
Late Sunday evening and part of the early hours of Monday morning Engine 8 and Tanker 9 spent time in Washington at a large structure fire. The two trucks were part of the tanker shuttle that was requested from Washington that need a large amount of water to extinguish the fore. Engine 8 dumped three loads of water ( 2,500 gallons at a time). Tanker 9 was there until 2:30 am and at this time we do not have a count on the number of dumps they made.
An early morning request for aid to our neighbors in the North jarred the department from their sleep at about 5am. Bethlehem needed a tanker to assist at a structure fire on Munger Lane. Luckily, the department was informed that it was under control and were returned prior to them arriving on scene.
Just when the department thought they had made it through the holiday without a call................standby "structure fire" across from 113 Minortown Road." Now if that didn't get the blood going. Turned out to be a pile of construction debris - luckily.The department put it our quickly and the remained of the night was a quite one.
The WVFD had a very busy day. It was suppose to be a holiday but it was one of the departments busiest days in a while. The day started out with a car fire at 7:50 a.m., then a MVA at 11 a.m., then an illegal burn at 12:25 p.m. and a CO call shortly after that. None were major calls but they all took time to deal with and kept the department hoping until about 3:30 when the final truck signed off the air for the day.
The leap year Monday ended with the WVFD being requested to respond to Southbury, with our Tanker for a structure fire.It was a quick stop by the Southbury crew and our truck got home just before midnight.Thanks Southbury for requesting our help - we are here to support our mutual aid towns.
During the evening, while Engine 5 was still in New Milford, Engine 8 had just returned from Washington and Middlebury's Engine was still in town for coverage, the department got called to 22 Mountain Lane.Upon arrival Chief Morgan found cooking was the culprit for the alarm. The tenant had already open all the windows and was airing the apartment out. Chief Morgan reset the alarm and allowed all tenants to re enter the building.
Crews from 5 towns battle blaze that gutted home BY JOHN MCKENNA ~ REPUBLICAN-AMERICANWASHINGTON, Conn. — A fast-moving fire left a house at 64 Carmel Hill Road in ruins Sunday.The two-story saltbox on a wooded lot was a charred wreck after the fire, reported at 3:45 p.m., was extinguished by firefighters from Washington and four other towns.“We had a good water supply, but it got ahead of us and overcame the house quickly,” Washington Fire Chief Mark Showalter said.The two occ...
BY PAUL SINGLEY ~ REPUBLICAN-AMERICANEarly Sunday morning the WVFD was called to assist the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department in fighting an early morning barn fire.Smoke and flames pour from a large storage barn on a South Street farm in Middlebury on Sunday morning. With the closest hydrant seven miles away, firefighters from WOODBURY, Southbury and Oxford had to use eight tanker trucks to bring about 100,000 gallons of water to the scene. MIDDLEBURY — A pilot flying to Waterbury...
So, it's Monday - Yup and it was a busy one.The day started off quiet and the department hoped it would stay that way. It was hot and humid. Who wants to put gear on and fight a fire in this weather?Well, that wishful thinking ended a little after the noon whistle. Dispatch broke the silence with a reported structure fire on Washington Road, Car 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 all hit the ground running. Engine's 5, 4 and Tanker were on the way quickly and arrived in les...
One - Flanders Road - Tree on wires. Car 3, Cpt. Shaker, investigated and found some tree branches touching the wires as the wind blows. No FD response needed.Two - Heather Court - Electrical outlet issues - sparking and arching. Car 6, Lt. Kiessling, investigates and finds that a electrical outlet in a bedroom has failed. He called for the thermal camera to check for extension and found there was none. The breaker for that area is turned off and Fire Marshal Morgan...
Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department spent the overnight hours in South bury assisting them with a full blown structure fire. They arrived home about 4:30 and proceeded to put the engine back in order by 5am. They then had to get home to get ready for a very, long day at their real jobs. A building that houses four of the units and an adjoining building with one unit likely will be torn down, fire officials said.Two women were hospitalized when flames erupted in Unit 477-B, a grou...
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