Manchester, CT
Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS encounter a large loss residential fire
yesterday at 25 Hills Street, Manchester Connecticut.


The first units arrived and found a fully involved attached two car
garage and involved motor home parked next to the garage. The fire was
already extending into the attic space above the two story 2500 sq. ft
home. The first units attempted to hold the fire to the garage portion
while a water supply was established from neighboring East Hartford.
The closest hydrant was 1200' away there are no hydrants in that section
of Manchester. The initial fire fighting efforts were unsuccessful as
the fire had a brisk wind pushing it into the attic of the main part of
the home.


Once the water supply was established a defensive attack was established
. The fire was feed by propane tanks in the garage and on the motor
home as well as 90 gallons of gasoline from the motor home. The fire
was brought under control in one hour. Mutual Aid was used from East
Hartford, Bolton, Glastonbury, and Manchester Eighth District bringing
50 fire fighters to the scene.


Through preliminary investigations and witness interviews the cause
appears to be a carelessly discarded cigarette by the home owner. The
building was a total loss along with two cars and one motor home with an
estimated dollar loss of over $600,000.


Three Manchester fire fighters received first degree burns through their
turnout gear, they were treated and released.
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Thomas G. Weber
Fire Chief
Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS
Manchester, CT