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Mar 21, 2016


Fire damages Scribner Hill Road home

Smoke comes out from the home at 42 Scribner Hill Road. — Hayden Turek photos

A home at 42 Scribner Hill Road was heavily damaged by fire on Wednesday, March 16. The residents were not home at the time.

The Wilton Fire Department responded to the home around 4 p.m., and requested mutual aid from Weston, Westport, Ridgefield, New Canaan and Georgetown.

Weston covered Wilton fire headquarters, and the other agencies responded to the scene. Commanders also requested the New Canaan fire marshal for an investigation.

By 4:30, firefighters had knocked down the blaze, which had been in the “back corner of the home,” according to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Amatrudo. He said the initial call came in as an automatic fire alarm.

“When we got here, there was smoke coming out from throughout the house, and the house was locked. No one was home,” Amatrudo said.


Firefighters forced entry into the home through the front door, “located the fire, and within half an hour the firefighters had the fire completely under control,” he said.

“No one’s been injured; there was no one home at the time of the call,” he added.

For the rest of the Wilton Bulletin article, click here.

Mar 07, 2016


Home catches fire on Belden Hill Road

By Hayden Turek on March 7, 2016 in Lead NewsLead NewsNewsPolice & Fire · 0 Comments


Wilton Fire Department Truck No. 5 in front of 516 Belden Hill Road the morning of March 7. — Hayden Turek photo

For reasons yet to be determined, part of a house on Belden Hill Road caught fire today, Monday, March 7, damaging the residence and forcing a road closure from Old Belden Hill Road to Grist Mill Road. No injuries were reported.

Around 8:30 a.m., Wilton Fire Department got the initial call. Five units arrived shortly thereafter, and commanders positioned two fire engines next to 516 Belden Hill Road, where the active fire was reported.

Several fire agencies from area towns also responded. Weston, New Canaan and Westport each provided a ladder truck, and the Weston fire chief came to the scene. Wilton EMS responded as well, as did Wilton CERT.

The Ridgefield Fire Department also provided mutual aid by sending units to man fire headquarters on Danbury Road.

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Jan 29, 2016


Sunday house fire closes Route 7

American Red Cross helping family

A structure fire at the residential 7 Orems Lane this Sunday, Dec. 27, closed Route 7 from Sharp Hill Road to Old Highway for about an hour.

According to Wilton Fire Marshal Rocco Grosso, two engines, one ladder truck and a tanker were deployed, and the fire was extinguished by handline in approximately 15 minutes.

Fire agencies from Weston, Westport and New Canaan responded to the scene to offer mutual aid, and Georgetown and Norwalk Fire Departments covered Wilton Fire headquarters while Wilton firefighters were dispatched.

Grosso said the burn area was a room and the contents of that room, within the home. The fire is still under investigation, he said, though he disclosed that there were no injuries suffered by anyone involved.

A press release from the American Red Cross said the humanitarian organization is providing relief to the residents of 7 Orems Lane, a family of “three adults.”

Two volunteer responders, Mike Vincelli and Angela McCabe, “provided assistance to meet the family’s immediate needs,” the press release said.

Also provided, according to the press release, was an envelope of information useful to families recovering from fires that includes tips on cleanup, notification of important contacts, dealing with damaged items and more.

The Red Cross is also furnishing the family with “comfort kits” that contain personal care items people often leave behind when rushing to escape structure fires, such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items.

Jan 29, 2016


Propane truck fire on Christmas Eve


Truck fire on Route 7. — Bryan Haeffele photo

Truck fire on Route 7. — Bryan Haeffele photo

On the morning of Christmas Eve, Wilton’s emergency responders were dispatched to Route 7 and Station Road after a propane delivery truck caught fire.

According to Wilton Fire Marshal Rocco Grosso, the fire began around 8:30 in the truck’s engine compartment and burned into the cab, but did not ignite the volatile cargo and was extinguished in a matter of minutes.

Until then, however, firefighters exercised extreme caution, using a deck gun to douse the flames from a distance, incident commander Capt. Jim Blanchfield said.

“Upon arrival, we saw a large fire plume coming from the engine and cab compartments of the vehicle, which was encroaching on the propane tank,” he said.

“Initially,” he continued, “we didn’t want to get too close to the tank. We wanted to provide the best protection we could for our firefighters while minimizing the hazard as soon as possible. Deck guns flow large amounts of water at a very rapid rate.”

Once the blaze was extinguished, firefighters metered the area and detected no propane readings. Nevertheless, representatives from the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and the Office of State Fire Marshal were called to the scene and consulted.

Following their counsel, responders offloaded the propane cargo onto a separate, undamaged vehicle before towing the cab.

The first on the scene happened to be Wilton Police Chief Robert Crosby, who was on his way into work when he heard the dispatch calls and saw the smoke. Thinking fast, he pulled over and began directing traffic until the arrival of other responders, who came “within minutes,” he said.

Wilton fire, police, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) responded to the incident report. Police assisted by closing Route 7 from Ridgefield Road to Pimpewaug Road, as well as the entrance to Station Road, where the incident took place.

Evidently, the truck, which had Anthem Propane Exchange printed on its side, was being driven northbound to Diamond Deli in Wilton, but the driver missed the turn and pulled into Station Road to circle back around.

While stationary, waiting to get back onto Route 7, the driver and passenger saw smoke and flames rise up out of the cab floorboard. Both left the vehicle and neither was injured.

Officers and firefighters arrived within minutes of the call for help, and approximately one hour later, police said, about six CERT members were dispatched to the scene and helped to direct traffic.

By noon, one southbound and one northbound lane on Route 7 were reopened to normal travel, but the entrance to Station Road was kept blocked for approximately five hours, police said.

To suppress and extinguish the fire, two engines and a tanker were deployed, Grosso said.

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