First In

I welcome you to my blog site; I hope to show you the fire service in NLC in some interesting events. During the next few years, I will improve on the content and photos to keep you coming back for more. I take pride in my photography and try my best to be first in when possible. The majority of the photos will be from the Norwich companies & surrounding area departments, but sometimes I Buff out of state cities for a change of pace.

As of late I have missed or worked a lot of the incidents. I have a great support group of Photographers to help the site keep up with all the incidents. There are too many to list, So thanks for your support. Thanks for visiting and enjoy .RD Ladd

As of July 2017, my site has had 319000 hits thanks for viewing. If you keep coming I will keep posting. First time visitors for older post click on the month links right side.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Foxwoods 7 alarm 01-29-08

Mashantucket fire responded to Great Cedar Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino for a fire in the Utility room on the 9th floor at about noon time. On arrival a working fire was transmitted which started a progression to a 7th Alarm. At times fire was burning up the roof and along the eves. Crews from departments departments from the Stonington to Norwich worked to open up the confined and stubborn fire. The fire flared up many times. Crew finely gained the upper hand around 8pm. All companies did a great job on this fire.

Work in progress I may have more photos laterSomething you don't see every day, Old Mystic , Norwich
and Preston working the same fire.Working the eve equal to 9 stories up.Workers setting up the 200' crane for access to the roof lineSome of the Yantic and Laural Hill firefighter on the man-power bus transporting them from MFD to the fire scene .Old Mystic and Yantic working the last flair up of the fire.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


First of all I would like to thank everyone for visiting and supporting my site in the last year. I had over 45000 hits last year and have reached 60000 this month. Also I would like to thank all my correspondents for their photos, video and info over the last year. (keep it up)! We all are looking four ward to this years shots. Then the fire departments and chiefs thanks for allowing me access to your incidents. I have decided to upgrade my operations on the WEB, I may add a location on for all my photos, both fire and non-fire related. As of right now I still plan to keep this blog running for as long as I can. This will give all of you, the opportunity to view the blog and if you wish so view the rest of the fireground operations that I cannot post due to space on the blog. So stay tune and I will add the link when its up and running. Rob.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Occum, house fire 01-21

Around 8pm Occum, Taftville and Baltic fire responded to Canterbury RD for a house fire, on arrival they found a Chimney fire with exstention in to the walls. Two occupants were transported for smoke inhalation. The fire was under control in about 15 mins.

Poquonnock car vs. building 01-15-08

Jan 15th, a little after 1400, a car jumped the sidewalk and plowed through the glass of Optics Unlimited in Groton on Poquonnock Rd. No injuries were reported. This was a couple doors down from the Arrow Paper store and across from where CVS used to be.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

City of Groton, 3rd alarm 01-09-08

Around 12:30 the City of Groton responded for a reported fire at 213 Thames St. Kens Tackle shop (a 2 story brick shop and apartments with a 3/4 exposed basement). Before arrival a Box plus was transmitted, the 2nd alarm was transmitted with mins of arrival. Companies found heavy smoke conditions on all floors, with a active fire in the basement. Groton firefighter were hampered by a heavy reinforced metal door to the basement, they used the Hurst tool to gain entry to the basement. Then along with CGFD attempted repeatedly to gain access to the main body of fire. During this time PGFD members search the 2nd floor apartment as smoke push through the floor boards. SBFD and others vented the plate glass store windows to release heavy brown smoke from the 1st floor with mins Heavy fire took hold of the tackle shop. OMFD, EDFD with help set up Blitz fires and 2.5s to knock down heavy fire condition venting and spreading to the upper floors. For the next few hours firefighters from many companies worked to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. Some units operated on scene for about 20hrs. Units operating on scene were from City of Groton, Poquonnock Bridge, Noank, Mystic, Old Mystic, Center Groton, Electric Boat, Subase, Gales Ferry, New London, Mohegan Tribe FAST, Groton Ambulance, L&M Medics, Canteen 1 & Providence Canteen, W-41, W-55, W-94 were in staging and/or covering the City district.
Photos 1&2 from a cell phone

Video by
The quality is lower then original short clips due to the file size

Monday, January 07, 2008

Willimantic 2nd alarm 01-07-08

Willimantic fire responded to 155 Valley @ Bank st.(WFD is located at 13 Bank) for a building fire. Crews encountered fire conditions in the attic area, Command requested a 2nd Alarm for manpower. U conn responded as RIT.
The fire was under control in about 15 mins.

Willimantic Car-1 ( Ron Palmer)