Friday Afternoon House Fire Draws All Newtown Fire Companies, Mutual Aid
A Newtown family has been displaced after a fire destroyed their home on November 6.
Dodgingtown and Hawleyville fire companies were dispatched to 17 Wedgewood Court around 1:30 pm Friday afternoon, for a reported residential fire alarm. When the first firefighter arrived at that address, however, the call was upgraded to a structure fire after the firefighter reported heavy fire showing from the garage of the residence. All five Newtown fire companies — adding Botsford, Hook & Ladder, and Sandy Hook — then responded to the call.
Bethel and Brookfield also sent tankers to assist at the scene. Stony Hill provided mutual aid.
Wedgewood is a dead-end road off Taunton Hill Road. The Town of Newtown online Assessor’s Database lists 17 Wedgewood as a 3,676-square-foot Colonial style home built in 1998.
The fire started in the garage and spread northeast, to the attic and then across the width of the house. It was soon engulfed, as were two vehicles in the driveway. Dark gray smoke quickly turned to heavy, black, billowing smoke filled with flames.
Dodgingtown Fire Chief Steve Murphy was the officer in command of the scene.
A portable pond was set up in the cul-de-sac. Fire tankers poured water into that pond, and then pumped to firefighters closer to the house. Firefighters were on the ground, using hose lines, to combat the blaze. Water was also put onto the fire from a water gun atop a Dodgingtown truck, and from a nozzle from the top of Hook & Ladder’s ladder truck.
Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Crew transported one male from the scene. A paramedic remained at the scene, and a second NVAC ambulance and crew quickly arrived to cover the scene, per protocol.
Murphy called for firefighters to evacuate from the house around 2:15 pm. Firefighters continued fighting the fire from the exterior of the building.
It took nearly 90 minutes for firefighters to knock down the bulk of the fire.
Bridgewater sent a truck and a crew to stand by at Dodgingtown firehouse. Southbury did the same, to Sandy Hook’s main station, as did Stepney to Botsford's station.
The American Red Cross reportedly sent a team to assist the homeowners.
This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as available.