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Canton Police: Motorcyclist Listed in Critical Condition

November 26, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
The motorcycle involved in the crash (License plate blurred)  Photo by John Fitts

The motorcycle involved in the crash (License plate blurred)
Photo by John Fitts

A motorcyclist seriously injured in an accident at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 on Sunday morning was listed in critical condition late Wednesday morning, police said.

That motorcyclist was Scott Suydam, 57, of Farmington, police said Wednesday. He was involved in a crash shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday with a vehicle driven by Fredrick Peruch, 71, of Rocky Hill, police said.

Suydam was airlifted from the scene by LIFE STAR after being initially attended to by a crew from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department with a UConn medic.

The department also worked the scene and fire police closed portions of the roads for hours as the  North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team responded to assist the Canton Police Department in investigating the accident. … Continue Reading

Motorcyclist Airlifted via LIFE STAR after Sunday Morning Crash at 179, 202 in Canton

November 23, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

A motorcyclist was airlifted from the scene of a Canton crash late Sunday morning.

A crash between the motorcyclist and a car occurred at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 near Saybrook Fish House and Ocean State Job Lot.

The patient was flown via Hartford Hospital’s LIFE STAR helicopter shortly before 11:30 a.m. Police described the injuries as serious in nature but did not offer any other details or immediately release a name.

Members of the Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and a UConn paramedic tended to the patient before LIFE STAR Landed.

The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting the Canton Police Department with the investigation. Portions of the roadways were closed for hours by Fire Police with the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed, police said. Any witnesses are asked to call police at (860) 693-0221.

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Officials Believe Silver Mine Acres Fire Started in First-Floor Closet

November 17, 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

Officials believe the Nov. 13 fire at 11 Silver Mine Acres originated in a first floor closet.

“The fire appears to have started in the downstairs, first floor closet,” said acting fire marshal Scott Goeben. From there the fire spread via “void spaces” (between the studs) to the second floor and roof, Goeben added.

Goeben confirmed there were some combustible materials in the closet but cautioned that the state fire marshal’s office is still investigating the incident and has not yet made a determination. Goeben did say he has no reason to believe the fire was suspicious in any way. … Continue Reading

DEEP: Hunter Sustains Injuries After Falling From a Tree Stand

November 13, 2014 Fire No Comments

Submitted release – A 50-year old Plainville man was taken by a local emergency response team to St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, early this morning for treatment of injuries he sustained when falling from a hunting tree stand in Canton.

The incident was reported to DEEP Environmental Conservation Police shortly after 6:30 a.m.

The man was hunting on private property off Spaulding Rd., Canton, when the incident occurred. He feel about 25-feet while climbing to his tree stand and attempting to secure it. He sustained a broken leg, back injuries, and had cuts on his head. He is in stable condition at the hospital.

The man did have a valid hunting license and had written permission from the landowner to be on the private property, and was not charged with any hunting-related violations. … Continue Reading

(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

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