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(Updated With Interviews) Silver Mine Acres Home Heavily Damaged by Fire

November 13, 2014 Fire No Comments
The fire on Silver Mine Acres Thursday morning.  Photo by Kristin Grecula

The fire on Silver Mine Acres Thursday morning.
Photo by Kristin Grecula

Joe Roca and his wife Stephanie had just recently purchased the Silver Mine Acres home that sustained heavy damage in an early Thursday morning fire. The good news, however, is that the family had not yet moved in.

They were planning to do so on Saturday.

Joe Roca said he, his wife and family have been living with family in Farmington.

The family learned of the fire when they received a call from police.

Roca said he and his wife previously lived in Bristol and loved the house at 11 Silver Mine Acres.

“Canton was the go-to town we were looking for,” he said.

“Whatever it takes to get it back to what it was, we’re going to do,” he added.

Roca, who formerly had his own contracting business, was doing some minor renovations at the home. Roca said he may have lost a few tools but all the family’s belongings were with them or in storage.

The fire was reported at 12:37 a.m. Thursday. In addition to the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Department, numerous area departments, including members of a regional tanker task force, responded.

Neighbor Ernie Grecula said he reported the fire. He had gotten home from work, had dinner and then smelled smoke and then opened a door to take a look.

“When I opened it to go out and take a look the whole sky was ablaze,” he said.

Grecula said he called 9-1-1 and then made sure no one was at the home.

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Chief Richard Hutchings said the home has extensive damage including a collapsed roof and water damage on the first floor.

It’s likely a total loss, he said.

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As The Time ‘Falls Back,’ Fire Officials Remind Residents to Check Detectors, Change Batteries and Take Measures to Prevent Risk of CO Poisoning

November 1, 2014 Fire No Comments

As the time “falls back” at 2 a.m. Nov. 2, fire officials remind resident to check their batteries and ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are clean, working and not outdated.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, making it important to take this time each year to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Acting fire marshal said working smoke detectors do make a difference, especially between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. when most are in their deepest sleep.

“As a silent sentinel they keep watch when we are most vulnerable to toxic smoke and gasses, sounding the alarm and possibly saving lives,” he said. “In Canton there have been several instances over the years where working smoke detectors have alerted occupants to a fire.”

Below are some tips, offered by the National Fire Prevention Association and Energizer. (Click the + or download button at the bottom of the box to see a larger view).

Additionally, carbon monoxide poising is an increased risk as the weather gets colder. Richard Hutchings, chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, offer the following tips and information.

  • Purchase only UL Certified CO alarms: Place them, as recommended by the manufacturer, throughout the home. One alarm is not enough. This is a relatively reasonably priced security tool that can save the health and lives of your family.

Carbon monoxide is odorless. It’s colorless. And it’s deadly. CO replaces the oxygen in your bloodstream and suffocates your body’s cells. And, you won’t even see it coming. CO alarms provide a first line of defense against CO poisoning.

  • Service your furnace at least once a year: In the post-winter months, you may not think about maintaining your oil tank, or even keeping it filled. However, an empty tank leaves sludge behind which plugs the filter and creates a malfunction in the furnace. This can cause the furnace to release CO into your home.
  • Prevention is no accident: The recent economic downturn caused people to postpone preventative services to items such as: furnaces, wood/kerosene or pellet stoves; oil or gas appliances. However, the fact is a well-maintained furnace/stove uses less fuel.

Canton’s volunteer firefighters and EMTs are trained and equipped to handle fire, smoke, CO and other hazardous emergencies. Prevention, however, is key to life safety. That’s where you can help us keep you and your family healthy and protected throughout the year.

 

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Route 44 Apartment Sustains Minor Fire Damage Friday Night

October 25, 2014 Fire No Comments

IMG_0968An second-floor apartment unit at 302 Albany Turnpike sustained minor fire damage Friday night, officials said.

The fire broke out in a second-floor unit at approximately 9:45 p.m. The tenants had working smoke detectors, poured water on the fire, called 9-1-1 and left the building, said Richard Hutchings, chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Members of the Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the apartment and used a fire extinguisher to further control the fire. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Fire Prevention Week at Cherry Brook Primary School

October 10, 2014 Fire, Photos, Schools No Comments
Firefighters Chris Mutch and Ryan Vaillancourt crawled around the gym, teaching students that they would be there to help in the event of a fire.  Photo by John Fitts

Firefighters Chris Mutch and Ryan Vaillancourt crawled around the gym, teaching students that they would be there to help in the event of a fire.
Photo by John Fitts

As part of Fire Prevention Week, deputy fire marshal Scott Goeben and members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department came to Cherry Brook Primary School on Friday. Presenters talked about fire safety and showed the kids some of the gear, tools and vehicles firefighter use.

Fire prevention lessons have been introduced in other ways at the school this week, including Steve O’Meara’s health classes. In introducing the firefighters, many themselves former Cherry Brook students,  O’Meara said they deserve praise for volunteering and helping others. … Continue Reading

Canton Makes Fire Marshal Position Part Time — At Least for Now; Voters to Decide if Police Chief Assumes Emergency Management Duties

September 24, 2014 Fire, Government, Police No Comments

TOCOn Wednesday the Canton Board of Selectmen concurred with Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner’s recommendation to make the position of fire marshal part time — at least for now.

After Adam B. Libros recently left his position as the town’s fire marshal/Director of Emergency Management to work in the town of Vernon, officials have discussed some changes.

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With New Features, Old Favorites, 20th Annual Sam Collins Day Will Showcase What Canton Has to Offer

The Bird House Scholarship Art Auction returns this year. Here is one decorated by Gary Tomolonius.

The Bird House Scholarship Art Auction returns this year. Here is one decorated by Gary Tomolonius.

With some staples, new features and revamped elements, organizers are excited about the 20th annual Sam Collins Day this weekend.

The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 20 (Rain date Sept. 21) on Canton Springs Road and downtown Collinsville.

First are the staples, such as the Business Expo, Live Music, a taste of Canton Food Court, Community Organization Booths, Canton Historical Museum events, Brad Gilchrist’s annual T-shirt, Made in CT Tent, Walking Tours in Collinsville and more.

Such aspects really showcase Canton, which was the original goal of the event, which Event chairwoman Mary Tomolonius feels has been accomplished on a yearly basis.

“It’s one day, you can really get a sense of what Canton is all about,” Tomolonius said. … Continue Reading

Officials Respond to Gas Leak at Route 44, Lawton on Tuesday Morning

September 2, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Officials responded to a gas leak at the medical building construction site at Lawton and Route 44 on Tuesday.

Officials responded to a gas leak at the medical building construction site at Lawton and Route 44 on Tuesday.

Emergency officials responded to the corner of Route 44 and Lawton Road at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday for an active gas leak.

A backhoe, operated at the medical building construction site, ruptured an underground service main, fire officials said.

Police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Connecticut Natural Gas responded to the scene.

“CVS was evacuated as a precaution,” fire marshal Adam Libros added.

Portions of Route 44, Washburn, Lawton and Dry Bridge were closed during the incident.

Shortly before 10 a.m., CNG had capped the pipe, a small extension designed to service the building when complete. Other area businesses retained gas service, officials said.

 

Adam Libros Contributes to Fire Service in Many Ways

September 1, 2014 Fire, Government No Comments
Adam Libros, right, discusses a past storm situation, with town staff members in Canton.

Adam Libros, right, discusses a past storm situation with town department heads.

For the past several years, Adam B. Libros has served as Canton’s fire marshal and director of emergency management but his experience in the fire service dates back much further.

Since age 15, Libros has been formally involved with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company, starting as a junior firefighter. At age 18, he became a firefighter and was eventually promoted to his current rank of captain.

“I get the best of both worlds.” Libros said. “I get to fight fires and investigate them.”

For Libros that experience, combined with formal training, has been invaluable to his position in Canton. … Continue Reading

Selectmen Discuss Potential Changes to Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Position

August 28, 2014 Fire, Government No Comments

TOCWith Canton’s fire marshal and director of Emergency Management Adam B. Libros leaving to work for the town of Vernon, the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday discussed possible changes in the position.

Selectmen discussed potentially transferring the emergency management role to the police chief and other potential changes. … Continue Reading

Dish n’ Dat’s Tip a Canton Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Raises $1,500

August 27, 2014 Fire, Nonprofits No Comments
Fire Captain Wayne Goeben assists DISH 'n Dat waitress Katie Talbot as she serves up lunch. Submitted photo

Fire Captain Wayne Goeben assists DISH ‘n Dat waitress Katie Talbot as she serves up lunch.
Submitted photo

(Submitted) Dish ‘n Dat’s 5th annual Tip a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT raised $1,500 for the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department – a record amount for the annual event. Since 2010, Dish ‘n Dat has raised $5,500 for Canton’s volunteer Fire/EMS service.

Canton’s volunteer firefighters spent the day assisting Dish ‘n Dat’s professional wait staff — busing tables, delivering food and assisting behind the bar. In addition, they offered tours of Ladder 2, Engine 4 and Canton’s Ambulance.

Dish ‘n Dat donated 10 percent of their customer’s individual tabs, with a special coupon that firefighters distributed through social media and around town. Customers added their own donations into bunker boots set around the restaurant and at fire apparatus.

“We are so fortunate to have partners in the community like Dish ‘n Dat. Dan Keller and his team demonstrated the professionalism, friendliness and generosity that we have all come to expect as both patrons of this terrific restaurant and again this year, as its wait staff-apprentices,” said Richard Hutchings, Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Chief. … Continue Reading

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