Hamden CERT Emergency Activations
February 14, 2022
Hamden CERT Responds to a 3 Alarm, Multiple Family Dwelling Structure Fire that displaces over 90 Residents of 22 apartments.
On February 14, 2022 @ 19:02 hours, Hamden CERT Members activated/responded to a large, 3 story, multi-family apartment building at 42 Warner Street and were part of this multi-agency coordinated effort. Thank you again to the Command Staff & Members of the Hamden Fire Department for their aggressive fire suppression and rescue efforts under severe conditions! This fire required the full on-duty force of the Hamden Fire Department along with Mutual Aid Departments during this 3 Alarm Fire.
Sixty people, were displaced due to the fire, including 14 children. Fire Marshal Brian Dolan said the fire began on the first floor of the building and then spread to the second floor and consumed the entire attic and roof.
Hamden CERT Members assisted with Firefighter Rehabilitation and assisted Hamden Community Services and the American Red Cross with logistical support and the relocation of the occupants who were not able to return to their apartments. CERT Members also dispersed over 300 pounds of ice melt to help with the heavy accumulation of ice and try to mitigate the dangerous footing conditions throughout the fire scene. Thank you to the members of all agencies, from many surrounding towns that were involved in this major incident.
(Note: Many Hamden CERT Members spent the next 2 weeks helping with the management of hundreds of donations received for the displaced residents!)
20 Degree Temps created extreme ice conditions throughout the fire scene. The 3 Story Multi-family Apartment Building was fully involved in fire shortly after the initial911 Call.
(Aerial view of the total damage and roof of 42 Warner Street)
June 26, 2021
Hamden CERT Responds to a 5 Alarm, Multiple Family Apartment Building Fire along with Hamden Fire Department and 7 other Local Mutual Aid Departments.
On Saturday evening, June 26, 2021, the Hamden Fire Department responded to the report of fire & smoke on the roof of a Multi-Family Apartment Building located at 925 Mix Avenue. "Chestnut Hill North" On arrival, heavy fire conditions were discovered on the roof with extension into the open space between the roof and the third floor ceilings. Multiple Alarms followed that dispatched over 7 Mutual-aid Departments from many surrounding towns!
Hamden Fire Chief Gary Merwede says he's unsure when, if ever, they will be allowed to live inside because of the damage, but he feels blessed no one was seriously injured.
"This was a very labor intensive operation, pulling ceilings and ripping back the roof. (See photos below!) "There were solar panels we had to take off of the rubber roof. Then, insolation and ply wood, and then we had to drop the ceilings on the third floor as well,"
Chief Merwede explained: This was a huge challenge that needed the assistance from many neighboring towns.
Now, the investigation continues with the State Police, along with local authorities and so far, the cause is undetermined.
(Hamden CERT's Emergency Vehicle EM44 with Rehabilitation Supplies)(Aerial photo of the fire damage on the roof & solar panels)(Hamden CERT's Emergency Vehicle - EM44)(View of the fire damage above the 3rd Floor Hallway Ceiling)(Hamden CERT Personnel, standing by for Firefighter Rehabilitation)
Hamden CERT Members responded on the 2nd Alarm Assignment and assisted the operations with Firefighter Rehab, assisting the American Red Cross with processing and transport of many displaced residents and many other logistical duties throughout the early morning hours. The fire was declared "under control" in about 3 hours and the Hamden CERT Personnel cleared the scene at 08:00 hours on Sunday morning after transporting multiple displaced residents to local hotels.
Hamden CERT responded Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 14:24 hours to a
On Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 2:51 am - A Working Fire at a Private Dwelling, Hamden Firefighters contained the fire to the owner's vehicle and garage of the 1 Family Private Dwelling. Eight residents were displaced due to the fire and smoke damage.
Earlier today, April 19, 2019, Hamden Department was dispatched (02:51 AM) to a fire at 89 Stanley Road. Engine 2 arrived first on scene within 2 minutes of the dispatch (02:53 AM). Engine 2 reported heavy fire coming from an attached garage of a one story ranch style home. The fire in the garage was quickly knocked down by suppression crews. There was a heavy smoke condition throughout the home as crews checked for fire extension in the bedrooms directly above the fire. Eight people were displaced from the home as a result of the fire including seven family members and a family friend. They are staying with family until they can reoccupy the house.
Hamden CERT was notified by Central Communications and activated to assist with firefighter rehabilitation and any relocation services needed by the occupants. CERT Personnel assisted on scene and were released at 05:50 hours.
On Friday, April 19, 2019 @ 2:28 PM, a Working Fire at a Private Dwelling, Hamden Firefighters contained the fire to the attic and roof area of the 1 Family Private Dwelling. Three residents were displaced due to the fire and smoke damage.
At 2:28PM, Firefighters were dispatched to 17 Grafton Road for a reported residential house fire. Companies arriving on scene at 2:31 reported heavy smoke from the attic. A family of three, home at the time, did not realize an attic fire was burning overhead. All occupants escaped with no injuries. The fire was declared under control at 2:57PM. There were no HFD injuries reported. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Hamden CERT was activated to assist at the scene and support the Gross Decontamination and Rehab Services for the firefighters.