Firefighter slightly injured in Berlin blaze

Published on Monday, 18 December 2017 22:43
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - A garage collapsed during a house fire and caused minor injuries to a firefighter Sunday night.

Firefighters received calls at 6:34 p.m. about a fire at 95 Berlin St., according to retired Fire Chief Jim Simons.

Berlin, East Berlin, Kensington and South Kensington volunteer crews responded. The first on the scene saw fire in the garage and breezeway, Simons said.

Crews were able to bring the fire under control within 15 minutes, Simons said. Work on the building then continued for about an hour, he added.

One firefighter received minor injuries and was treated at the scene, Simons said.

The garage, with two cars inside, collapsed, Simons said. The breezeway was gutted and the interior of the house sustained heavy heat and smoke damage.

Neighbors were able to notify the family in the house, who escaped uninjured. The homeowner was a former chief of the East Berlin Volunteer Fire Department, according to Kensington Chief Mark Lewandowski. The family was assisted by the town’s Social Services Department and the American Red Cross.

The fire is still being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office, said Simons.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Monday, 18 December 2017 22:43. Updated: Monday, 18 December 2017 22:46.