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At 7:09 am the Stamford 911 Combined Dispatch Center received a telephone report of a residence filling with smoke followed by the caller screaming that their house was on fire. Stamford Fire Department units were dispatched and the first unit arrived on the scene at 95 Ludlow Street in the city's south end within five minutes reporting smoke visible from the side and roof of the apartment building. The on-duty SFD Deputy Chief who was the Incident Commander arrived and declared a "working fire".
The occupant of the fire apartment was able to exit the building on her own prior to the arrival of the first FD unit and was evaluated on the scene by Stamford EMS. Stamford PD officers alerted the occupants of the adjoining apartment and assisted in their evacuation. Firefighters entered the second floor apartment and found heavy smoke and fire. While crews battled the fire other crews conducted searches of the building to verify that all occupants were out of the structure. Additional crews laddered the building and proceeded to the roof to assist in ventilating the structure. The fire was brought under control approximately 18 minutes after the arrival of the first fire unit. Overhaul operations continued to check for additional fire extension. There was extensive fire damage to the first floor of the apartment as well as smoke damage to the second floor.
The Stamford Fire Department responded with five engine companies, one truck company, the heavy rescue company, the duty deputy chief, the on-call safety officer, and numerous command and support personnel bringing a total of 36 firefighters. A Stamford EMS ALS ambulance and supervisor stood by and also evaluated the occupant. A SFD Deputy Fire Marshal is investigating the cause & origin of the blaze. Stamford police officers, in addition to alerting occupants of adjoining apartments to evacuate, assisted with scene control.
Incident Details (if applicable):
Incident Number: 20-01940
Incident Location: 95 Ludlow Street
Incident Date: 2020-03-07 07:10:00.0
Deputy Fire Chief John Pritchard