Quick Action of Passerby Helps To Prevent A Large Scale Fire in Abandoned Building
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Three engines, a truck company, a rescue company, an Incident Commander and a Rapid Intervention Team were dispatched to the area of Manhattan Street and Pacific Street for a fire in a building this evening. According to a 911 caller, who was a pedestrian on Dock Street, there was a small fire in the second floor window of an abandoned building on Manhattan Street.
The first arriving Engine Company confirmed a smoke condition coming from the three story abandoned building at 97 Manhattan Street and immediately stretched hose lines to attack the fire. All companies assigned to the box alarm worked quickly to gain access to the partially secured and boarded up building. A small fire in the rear of the 2nd floor was then quickly extinguished. The entire incident was brought under control in under 15 minutes.
“We are grateful to the 911 caller who took the time to call this in and direct fire units to the correct building. Given some more time, this fire could have grown into a major fire.” said Deputy Chief Eric Lorenz
A primary search of the building revealed nobody in the building at the time of the search.
Stamford EMS stood by the scene with one paramedic ambulance until the fire was brought under control There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.
Captain Hayes is a 31-year veteran of the Stamford Fire Department. He is currently assigned to the East Side Fire Station #4 on Shippan Avenue. In addition to his regular Fire Officer duties, he is a Public Relations Officer, the developer of the StamfordFire.com website and serves on the Departments' IT Team. He is also an avid fan of Fire Department history.