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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.”

Orange Family Flees Early Morning House Fire

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Jan 212013
 

Orange Volunteer Firefighters cut ventilation holes in the roof of a home on Hawthorne Lane

Just before 1 a.m. Orange Volunteer Firefighters responded to a report of a house fire on Hawthorne Lane.

When the first volunteer arrived, he found the side of the home next to the chimney engulfed in flames.

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Public Information Officer Mark Osinski talked to the press in this video.

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The nearest fire hydrant was down the street and around the corner on Pine Tree Drive, a hose was hooked up there and a second alarm went out.

Smoke billowed from beneath the eaves and firefighters ascended to the roof as others proceeded with interior and exterior attacks.

The Woodbridge Fire Department and its Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) were called for mutual aid.

By 2 a.m. flames could still be seen in a small unit at the side of the house and firefighters cut ventilation holes in the roof.  Suddenly an upstairs bedroom beneath the rooftop firefighters’ perch glowed with orange as a flashover rolled across the ceiling. Firefighters on the ground quickly responded to that, aiming their hoses through a hole where a window once was.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli stood with the homeowners as a WWII Veteran Flag and the American Flag fluttered from a flag pole a few yards from the carnage.

Fire Marshal Tim Smith will continue his investigation today, but his preliminary finding is that the fire started in the area of a wood fired boiler.

No one was hurt in this fire.