Trumbull EMS and Firefighters Respond to Fatal Accident, Fire Late Christmas Eve

The Nichols Fire Department went to the Whitney Avenue overpass, and fought a fire on Pauline Street where a house was deemed uninhabitable.


On person died in a crash near the Whitney Avenue overpass on the Route 25/8 Connector late Christmas Eve, and fire struck a Pauline Street home shortly afterward.

Deatails of the crash from State Police were not immediately available Tuesday.

Regarding the structure fire, Nichols Fire Chief John Plofkin Jr. said, "Early this morning at 0156 hours TRDC dropped everyone's tones for the report of a structure fire with the occupants reporting flames coming from a wall in a residence on Pauline Street.  Nichols Car 2 arrived on scene soon after dispatch and reported heavy smoke from a 2 story residence with all occupants reported to be out."

"They found fire in the walls and called for a handline to the second floor," he added. 

During the fire, Plofkin said he called an additional truck from Trumbull Center and an Engine from Long Hill Fire Department.

"The bulk of the fire was knocked down in 30 minutes but crews chased small pocket fires throughout the balloon frame walls for about 60 minutes with the fire being placed under control at 0330 hours," he added.

One Trumbull Center firefighter suffered a shoulder injury during the event and no civilian casualties were reported, Plofkin said.  The fire is still under investigation by the Trumbull Fire Marshal's office and the home has been deemed uninhabitable, according to the chief.

"Members operating on this fire did an outstanding job opening up and finding the hidden pockets of fire within the building," Plofkin said.

Huntington company 3 and Stepney FD provided station coverage in town during the incident.

Meanwhile, the Long Hill Fire Department also helped Bridgeport fight several fires Christmas Eve.


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