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Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Crews respond to third house fire in four days


CANTON – In an unprecedented streak of fire calls, Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department members responded to a third house fire, in a four-day period, which displaced another family. Upon arrival Canton Firefighters, EMTs and Fire Police found smoke pushing out the front and side windows of the two-bedroom, 1,600 square foot home.

Unlike the previous two residential fires, earlier this week, firefighters were able to perform a quick interior attack to knock down the flames. Because the home was built in 1940, of balloon construction, the customary overhaul of the site was especially thorough to ensure that all hot spots, potentially hidden behind walls and ceilings, were extinguished.

Because there are no hydrants north of Rte. 44, the Regional Tanker Strike Team was dispatched to deploy a portable pond, ensuring a secure, back-up water supply to Canton’s Engines 3 and 4. Canton’s Ladder 2, Tanker 7 and two ambulances were also on the scene.

Canton’s Fire Police closed down all non-emergency traffic on Cherry Brook Road, and from Wright Road to Case Street for the duration of the call.

There were no individuals or pets at the residence, when the fire broke out. And, no Fire or EMS personnel were injured.

The fire occurred Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 West Simsbury Road: Dispatch 4:15 p.m.; Crews Dismissed 5:27 p.m.

Mutual aid Fire/EMS partners from: Avon Volunteer Fire Department, Burlington Volunteer Fire

Department, New Hartford Fire Department and Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company once again provided support. A crew from the Barkhamsted East Volunteer Fire Company also responded to assist with the West Simsbury Rd fire.

The fire remains under investigation by the Canton Fire Marshal.


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