The West Hartford Fire Department extinguished two separate fires Sunday morning.
By Ronni Newton
The West Hartford Fire Department responded to two separate incidents Sunday morning – reported within minutes of each other – one at a business and the other a structure fire at a single-family home.
Chief Greg Priest said that a report came into West Hartford Public Safety Dispatch at 9:12 a.m. Sunday regarding a fire alarm at the Super Saver Laundromat at 983 New Britain Ave.
An occupant of the laundromat also called emergency responders to report fire inside a dryer, which had activated the business’ sprinklers.
Five minutes later, a 9-1-1 call was made by a resident of a home on Miles Standish Drive, reporting smoke filling the home.
West Hartford Fire Department units, as well as police, arrived at the laundromat at 9:16 a.m., Priest said. Smoke was visible coming from the roof.
Crews were able to extinguish the blaze in the dryer quickly, and there were no injuries.
At 9:17 a.m., when the call came in about the structure fire in the single-family residence, the remainder of West Hartford Fire Department apparatus available in town responded to that incident, arriving on scene at 9:21 a.m., Priest said.
Smoke was coming from the roofline of the home, fire crews reported.
The fire was inside the walls of the residence, and Priest said crews attacked it with multiple hand lines.
The fire was brought under control in a short period of time, and no injuries were reported, Priest said.
No cause of the fires was immediately determined and both incidents are currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.
“West Hartford Fire would like to express our appreciation to our dispatchers for the professional handling of simultaneous fires, our partners in the police department and American Medical Response who assisted at the scene of both incidents, and our mutual aid partners, New Britain Fire and UConn Fire, who provided our citizens with standby coverage while all West Hartford Fire Department units were committed to the fires,” Priest said Sunday morning.
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