Smoke Detectors Save Lives: Orange Man Escapes House Fire Unharmed

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Jun 112021

(Photos by Marianne Miller)

Last night, Orange Live brought you some breaking news about a house fire at 467 Ridgeview Road where the Orange Volunteer Firefighters had been called just before 9 p.m.

Neighbors said a male resident was in the bedroom and awakened to smoke and flames in the room, but was able to escape without injury.
This morning Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent said the fire is still under investigation but based on statements by the occupant of the house at the time of the fire, and the fire patterns found in the area of origin, improperly discarded smoking materials in the bedroom may have played a part in the fire cause.
“We will be back out today to continue our investigation,” Vincent said.  “It’s important to note that the home was equipped with operating smoke alarms!”
Vincent added, “This was an excellent job by the first-in firefighters who, while there was smoke and heat damage to much of the first floor, contained the majority of the fire damage to the room of origin (the bedroom).”

Orange Volunteer Firefighters Respond To Early Morning House Fire

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May 052021

The Town’s Emergency 9-1-1 system received three 9-1-1 calls around 7:10 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, May 5) reporting that there was smoke coming from a vacant house at 753 Mapleview Drive.

The first Volunteer Officer on the scene confirmed a working structure fire.

According to Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent, the fire was seen coming from the wall adjacent to the front door of the home.

“While it’s still under investigation the area of origin was identified in the basement,” he said. The cause is yet to be determined.

Vincent said, “The firefighters on the scene did a fantastic job, putting a quick hit on the fire and knocking it down.”

Meet Deputy Fire Marshal Tim Borer

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Jul 162020

On Thursday, July 2 the town announced the appointment of fire inspector Tim Borer as the new Deputy Fire Marshal.

Borer has been with the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office since January 2019. Prior to joining our team, Tim was with the New Haven Fire Department for more than two decades of decorated service to the city.

While all applicants were clearly qualified, Tim placed high after the application process was completed, First Selectman James M. Zeoli offered him the position, which Tim eagerly accepted.

We look forward to many years of faithful service to the town.

Congratulations Tim. You and Jamie will make a great team for years to come.

Abate’s Pizza Has Officially Reopened

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May 152020

Good News From The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office:

After suffering damage due to a fire last September, Abate’s Pizza is now open for business.

Following numerous inspections to ensure the safety of the employees and guests, Fire Inspector Tim Borer along with the Building Official and Health Department completed the final inspection on Friday, May 8.


Meet The New Orange Fire Marshal

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Mar 132020

Orange Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.             (Submitted Photo)

The town of Orange has a new Fire Marshal, James “Jamie” Vincent, who served as Deputy Fire Marshal for the past 20 years, was administered the oath of office at the annual Firemen’s Dinner on Tuesday, March 10, with his family by his side.

After swearing in all of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s officers, the mood shifted as First Selectman Jim Zeoli again rose to the podium to swear Vincent in as the town’s new fire marshal.

Although the fire marshal is a town employee, the venue for the ceremony recognized the close relationship between the Fire Department and the marshal’s office.

It was an emotional few minutes as first Zeoli, then Vincent, spoke fondly about Tim Smith, Vincent’s predecessor and close friend, who died earlier this year. Vincent took the oath as Orange officers rose to attention.

Vincent began working in the fire marshal’s office as a part time fire inspector in June of 1998. He became a full time employee and the Deputy in August 1999.

Whenever Tim Smith spoke to me about retiring, he would say he had full confidence that the office would be in good hands with Jamie.

Zeoli said he waited to appoint Vincent until he (Jamie) and the town had some time to heal from the shock of Tim’s death — he passed away in a car accident on January 19.

Vincent is fully qualified and well trained for his new role. He said no extra training is required as he’d already taken the necessary courses when he joined the office.

Of his new position, he said, “I couldn’t ask for better people. Jim Zeoli, the Fire Department and the staff in the Fire Marshal’s office are all supportive and have been great.”

We wish you many good years in your new position, Jamie. We know everyone will feel welcome when they see your smiling face in the office.