Busy Weekend For Valley Volunteer Firefighters

Eugene Driscoll PhotoSeveral fires in Ansonia over the weekend are not thought to be related, Ansonia’s acting fire marshal said Monday.

“They’re all under investigation but they do not appear to be connected in any way,” the fire marshal, Darrick Lundeen, said.

Fire marshals are still investigating the cause of a massive blaze that badly damaged two multi-family houses at the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets late Friday.

State police are helping with the probe.

“The fires remain under investigation,” Trooper Kelly Grant, a state police spokesperson, said in an email Monday. “The State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) is assisting with the investigation.”

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There were no injuries, but some 11 people were displaced. A Go Fund Me page has been started for one of the families.

Missy Lundeen, a volunteer with the Red Cross, said an additional supply collection will be set up to help the residents. Follow this Facebook page for the latest information.

The fire was first reported about 10:30 p.m.

Firefighters were on the scene straight through Friday night into Saturday morning.

Another fire was reported outside a house on Crowley Street. It was a minor event.

A third fire was reported Saturday afternoon at 25 Main St., the former home of the Farrel Corp., according to the initial radio dispatches.

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That part of Main Street and North Main Street is home to a bunch of old, crumbling factories. Roof fires, which this apparently was, can be difficult to access because of the layout and poor conditions of the buildings.

Sheila O’Malley, the city’s grant writer and economic development director, told the Valley Indy a piece of the roof apparently flew off the structure due to wind and came into contact with an electrical line, sparking a small fire.

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Derby firefighters were the sent to scene as well, according to the department’s Facebook page:

Oxford has a house fire on Aspen Lane Saturday, too. Ansonia firefighters were sent to a kitchen fire Sunday evening, ending a busy weekend.


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