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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.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Norwich 3rd Alarm 08-19-12

Around 11:35 Norwich Fire was dispatched in the area of Crescent St for several calls reporting a fire on the 2nd floor rear of the building. First due found heavy fire from the rear of 249 Broadway, a converted 1800s 5000+ sqf mansion, now an apartment building. The fire had already entered the 2nd and 3rd floor attic spaces. Several lines were stretched; Command (car-1) requested a 2nd Alarm. Crews worked several sections of the building as fire spread into several void spaces in 4 separate areas. The fire took hold of the attic and broke through the roof. 3rd alarm companies were requested into FG Staging for man-power. Command requested the evacuation tone and went defensive with 2 ladders. After the most pockets of fire were knocked down crews re-entered and knocked down the remaining hot spots.
link to full set of photos

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Willimantic 3rd Alarm 08-07-12

Around 00:30 Station K Dispatched Willimantic fire to 62 South St, for a heavily involved apartment building. As the companies responded and the PD reported heavy fire, the captain requested 2nd alarm.  Upon arrival they were notified of a trapped occupant on the upper floor. One crew entered the building for the search as a 2.5 was placed in service. The occupant was located and removed, CPR was started and they transported the occupant to Windham with the medic. This morning it was reported that the occupant was breathing, a 2nd occupant was transported for injuries from jumping from the upper floor#? Command requested an 3rd alarm for man-power and they chased several pockets of fire into the early morning.
The full set of photos located at
 A couple early photos from Retired Captain Joseph “Al” Beaulieu

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Southington, General Alarm 07-31-12

Southington fire worked this general alarm at 406 Atwater St at 07:55 hours. Pat arrived about 45 minutes into the fire. More pictures at

Detroit, MI. Box Alarm 07-21-12

A Box Alarm was dispatched to a commercial building near Hammond & Ranspach . Units were reporting a active fire with access problems do to a electric fence 7000volts. The rear of the building looked as if it had a burned before and now scrappers were working on it. A section that looked to be a lean-too collapse was burning. Companies made a long stretch to bring the minor fire under control. This was our last fire of the trip for the city it was a quite 3 days. Soon after we left the city started to go back to a Detroit Normal.

Detroit, MI. Box Alarm 07-21-12

Box alarm was transmitted for a dwelling fire in the area of Iroquois & Lambert. Light smoke was showing from the occupied dwelling, the fire was located in the rear kitchen with minor extension into the wall and 2nd floor. It was reported that the house was fire bombed. A few dwellings were fire bombed with minor damage on this night. Some in this area and other locations in the city.