Photo Story: Conn. Crews Pull Man, Dogs from House Fire

Firefighters rescued a man and his dogs from the upper floor of a Danbury multiple dwelling on May 7.

Danbury career and volunteer fire companies were dispatched around 8 a.m. to a report of structure fire at 11 Stillman Ave.

Arriving companies were greeted by heavy fire showing from the A/D corner of the 2 1/2-story wood-frame structure with balloon construction. Initial reports indicated that a man and his dogs were trapped above the fire. 

First arriving crews split into rescue and attack modes and the trapped occupant and all but one of the dogs were safely removed.

They evacuated the upper floors of the structure and went to an exterior attack until it was safe to enter and finish extinguishing the fire.

Additional resources were requested for coverage and Bethel Tower 1, Brookfield Engine 4, and Ridgefield Engine 1 all relocated to Danbury. New Fairfield provided coverage from their quarters for the north side of the city. 

One firefighter was treated at the scene for dehydration and a minor burn injury.

Units on scene: Engines 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, Truck 2, Car 30 (Deputy Chief Paul Omasta), Car 1 (Chief Geoffrey Herald), Car 2 (Assistant Chief T.J. Wiedl), Car 51 (Training/Safety Officer Mark Omasta). Volunteer Companies: Engine 5 (Wooster Hose), Squad 7 (Water Witch Air & Lighting), Engine/Tanker 10 (Germantown), Tanker 11 (Beaver Brook), Engine 13 and Canteen 13 (Miry Brook), along with Fire Police