Firefighters battle blaze at Fairbanks Street house in Plainville

Published on Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:05
Written by Justin Muszynski


PLAINVILLE – A man was seriously injured in a house fire in Plainville Thursday morning.

The victim, whose identity has not been released, was initially taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain before being flown onboard the Life Star helicopter to the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

“We understand that he does have a pulse,” Larry Sutherland, Plainville fire marshal, said early Thursday afternoon.

The man was injured after a fire broke out at 20 Fairbanks St., a two-family, two-story home. Firefighters were called around 10:20 a.m. and arrived to find “heavy fire pushing out of the top floor” and heavy smoke conditions, Sutherland said.

“The fire was consuming the second floor of the house,” the fire marshal added.

Firefighters entered the home and rescued the victim. Sutherland said a father and son live in the home, each of them residing on separate floors.

Both the father and son were in the home when the fire broke out, but the father was able to get out of the home safely. The son was found on the second floor.

According to Sutherland, medics performed CPR on the victim before he was taken to the hospital. His condition is not entirely clear.

The father was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated.

Mutual aid was called in from several towns, including Bristol, Southington, Farmington and New Britain. Sutherland said the volunteer firefighters in Plainville were very short on manpower, adding that all the towns that assisted did a great job.

“We initially arrived, we had less than a half a dozen firefighters,” Sutherland said. “It made it tough with the amount of fire we had in this building.”

Sutherland is investigating the cause of the fire, along with assistance from the state police and detectives.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:05. Updated: Thursday, 16 May 2019 21:03.