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Fireplace & Wood Stove Ashes: Fire Prevention Starts with Proper Containment

December 26, 2014 Fire No Comments

fdFirst Response: A Public Safety Community Forum

By Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Chief Richard Hutchings

Fire Dispatch: Barbourtown Road. Structure fire. Shed and adjacent, 500-gallon propane tank fully involved. Exposures: Residence, about 25 feet from fire.

Cause of Fire: Ashes placed in a container, then stored inside the shed. Ash, including small pieces of coal or wood removed from a fire that has presumably died down, can remain hot from 12 to 24 hours to several days. These ashes can re-ignite, at a later time, when you least expect it. Nationwide, there are over 11,000 residential fires caused by hot ash or embers. … Continue Reading

Fire Safety Shouldn’t Be Forgotten During the Holiday Season

December 26, 2014 Fire No Comments
Acting Fire Marshal Scott Goeben recommends that ashes be scooped into bucket such as this and then placed in a metal bucket with a lid, outside away from any structures or materials.  In background is Andy Dylag, a manager at Larsen ACE Hardware.

Acting Fire Marshal Scott Goeben recommends that ashes be scooped into wide-mouth bucket such as this and then placed in a metal bucket with a lid, outside away from any structures or materials. In background is Andy Dylag, a manager at Larsen ACE Hardware.

During the hectic holiday season, fire safety may not be the first thing on people’s minds but it certainly should be.

Winter can be an especially dangerous season and last year, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to approximately a half-dozen fires during the colder months.

Common causes of winter fires include improperly disposed ashes, dirty chimneys, improper use of portable heaters and much more. Sometimes creative heating methods can even get people into trouble.

“It’s a whole range of issues that come into play,” said acting fire marshal Scott Goeben. “

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DEEP: Environmental Impact from Canton Oil Spill was ‘Minimal’

December 24, 2014 Fire, Health, Police No Comments
The oil spill Friday afternoon.  Submitted photo

The oil spill Tuesday afternoon.
Submitted photo

Environmental impact from a diesel oil spill Tuesday afternoon was minimal and did not affect the Farmington River, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.

A delivery truck owned by Connecticut Cartage was delivering the fuel — specifically #2 home heating oil — to a bulk oil storage terminal on Powder Mill Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dennis Schain, Communications Director for DEEP, told Canton Compass in an email on Wednesday. 

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Friday night.  Photo by John Fitts

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Tuesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

During the delivery, 20 to 50 gallons of fuel were released, he said.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the scene and placed several absorbent booms in the area.

DEEP Emergency Response was called to the site and observed fuel oil on the parking lot and confirmed that some had reached the storm system catch basin network, Schain said. The spill did not impact the nearby Farmington River, he added.

Connecticut Cartage hired an environmental contractor and the fuel and catch basins were cleaned under the supervision of DEEP staff, Schain added.  … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Vehicle Fire on Route 44 in Canton

December 21, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Canton Police responded to a vehicle fire along Route 44 near LaTrattoria early Sunday afternoon.

Early reports indicate that the vehicle caught fire, the operator pulled off the road and the occupants successfully got out of the vehicle. Two occupants were standing near the scene but understandably were visibly shaken and declined comment. The car was a total loss. … Continue Reading

Canton BOF Asks for More Information Before Making Decision on Ladder Truck

December 18, 2014 Fire, Government No Comments
Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service.

Ladder 2, shown here at Sam Collins Day, is currently out of service.

The Board of Finance took no immediate action on replacing the town’s ladder truck during its meeting this week, instead asking for more information.

The ladder on the 17-year-old vehicle recently failed inspection and officials from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department recently told the Board of Selectmen that repairs are more costly than the vehicle’s resale value.

The ladder failed its annual test due to missing wear blocks, causing “metal on metal contact and significant wear to the structure of the ladder.” The truck is currently out of service.  A ladder truck from Simsbury was used at the recent Silver Mine Acres fire.

Late last month, the Board of Selectmen concurred that with the ladder repair costs, related issues that would need attention and average annual maintenance costs of $13,403 for the past three years, it was simply not worth repairing.

The department is looking at demo vehicles that have been used for trade shows but no active service and selectmen recommended funding one of the vehicles at a price of up to $950,000.

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Images of Canton: Christmas in Collinsville

December 12, 2014 Business, Community, Fire, Photos No Comments
Horse-drawn carriage rides and an illuminated town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS vehicle helped set the scene Friday night.  Photo by John Fitts

Horse-drawn carriage rides and an illuminated town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS vehicle helped set the scene Friday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Christmas in Collinsville, held on Dec. 12 and 13, featured a champagne walk, town tree lighting, horse-drawn carriage rides, the Collinsville Charity Craft Fair, visits with Santa and much more.

Christmas in Collinsville is sponsored by the Collinsville Merchants. … Continue Reading

Update: Upper Portion of Cherry Brook Road Now Open

December 3, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Downed wires caused quite the dramatic scene on Route 179 early Wednesday morning.  Submitted photo

Downed wires caused quite the dramatic scene on Route 179 early Wednesday morning.
Submitted photo

A portion of Cherry Brook Road (Route 179) above Case Street closed for several hours in the early morning hours Wednesday after downed wire significantly damaged the road.

Police said electrical wires melted a portion of the roadway. They are unsure of the cause but said there was no accident involved.

The bottom portion of the nearby pole was heavily singed and downed branches were still in the yard early Wednesday morning.

The town of Canton Fire and EMS Department responded to the area shortly before 3 am

A CT DOT crew was working to repair a portion of Cherry Brook Road Wednesday morning.  Photo by John Fitts

A CT DOT crew was working to repair a portion of Cherry Brook Road Wednesday morning.
Photo by John Fitts

The incident resulted in some fire and area residents said the sky was dramatically lit from the “arcing” caused by the live wires.

A nearby homeowner also had smoke in the home but the residence was not on fire as the homeowner initially believed, police said.

Connecticut Light and Power fixed the wires and subsequently a Connecticut Department of Transportation workers repaired the roadway.

Some residents also lost power during the incident. At 9 am Wednesday Connecticut Light and Power estimated that 44, or .89 percent of its 4,964 Canton customers, were without power but by a few hours later it had been restored.

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Crews Respond to Multiple-Car Accident at 44 and Dowd Monday Morning

December 1, 2014 Fire, Uncategorized No Comments

Emergency officials responded to the scene of a crash at Route 44 and Dowd Avenue on Monday morning.

Police said there were four vehicles involved and one person received medical attention at the scene but was not hospitalized.

Traffic flowed during most of the incident but at times Route 44 and Dowd Avenue were very backed up while officials cleared the scene and a company towed one vehicle.

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department worked at the scene while police investigated.

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Images of Canton: Ready for a Parade

November 30, 2014 Fire, Photos No Comments
Tyler Zommer helps decorate Canton's old Engine 6 before the Simsbury Celebrates parade this past weekend.  Photo by Richard Zommer

Tyler Zommer helps decorate Canton’s old Engine 6 before the Simsbury Celebrates parade this past weekend.
Photo by Richard Zommer

Canton Selectmen Support Idea of Replacing Ladder Truck

November 30, 2014 Fire, Government No Comments
Ladder 2 at Sam Collins Day.

Ladder 2 at Sam Collins Day.

At a recent meeting, the Canton Board of Selectmen showed support for replacing the ladder truck used by the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and referred the matter to the Board of Finance.

The town’s “Ladder 2,” which dates back to 1997, needs approximately $75,000 in repairs, according to estimates received by the department. The problem, department officials said, is that estimated price, combined with a recent average of $13,000 annually, and the fact that many other parts will soon need replacement, make the cost more than vehicle is worth.

Selectmen largely agreed.

“I certainly feel the need to replace the vehicle we’ve got,” said First Selectman Richard Barlow. “I can’t see putting money into repairing it.” … Continue Reading

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