Firefighters Douse “Massive” Fire

Contributed PhotoA two-alarm fire ripped through a multi-family house in the Annex Friday, sending one woman to the hospital with burns.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

Here’s what happened, according to police Spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:

At around 4 p.m., people began calling 911 to report a fire at 95-97 Farren Ave.

“Many people were reporting an explosion,” Hartman said.

Firefighters from several stations responded. It took over an hour to bring the fire under control.

Police removed a woman from the building. She was injured, but conscious and alert. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, then transferred to the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital shortly before 5 p.m. She was in stable condition.

The woman had been in her kitchen in a first-floor apartment and was injured by the explosion.

The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Preliminary investigation indicated that the fire started in the kitchen and may have been accidental.

The three-story, multi-unit building was home to 10 adults and seven children, all of whom were accounted for.

The building was severely damaged by the blaze and was tentatively scheduled for demolition as early as Saturday.

Hartman called the fire “massive.”

“I haven’t seen a fire like this in well over a decade,” he said.

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posted by: Sean2356 on February 1, 2014  12:05am

Wait a second aren’t these the firefighters that only do medicals and are bilking the city for all its worth according to multiple people on here?  Nice job to by far the best service this city provides.  I could see the smoke from my office downtown.

posted by: NewHavenTaxTooHigh on February 1, 2014  2:05am

Sean - There’s no question that they do a lot more medicals than they do fires; that’s a simple fact. There’s also no dispute that it’s a tough job. But there’s also no doubt that New Haven is paying too much for fire service and instead needs more police services. The taxpayers need a better balance which means city employees shouldn’t be able to work 20 years and then retire with full medical and a full pension of $80K to $100K per year.

posted by: Jill_the_Pill on February 1, 2014  9:39am

I’d like to hear more about those 17 people who have lost their home and belongings.  Has the city helped them find somewhere to stay?

posted by: New Haven Taxpayer on February 2, 2014  12:12am

Hey Sean2356-
Give me a break. They actually had to do the job they are making $100k to do, and now we should do what, not question their compensation?
They work and they are paid very, very well for what they do. Maybe you can tell me why there are 400 applicants for each position that opens up on the NHFD, huh? Not because it is such a tough job, I suspect.
I personally think the garbage services are one of the best run services in this city, they do their job well too, and you never here a complaint from them.