Naugatuck Firefighters Rescue Apartment Residents [Video]

Fire broke out on Terrace Avenue apartment building at 6:30 Sunday night.


NAUGATUCK -- Fire alarms rang out in a three-story apartment building at 66 Terrace Ave. around 6:30 Sunday night and residents like Jon Goddell tried to hurry down a fire escape from the top floors.

But heavy smoke billowed from flames on the first floor and blocked the exit. Goodell and others ran back upstairs and yelled out their windows to catch the attention of firefighters.

“We really have to thank these guys,” Goddell said of firefighters. “They did a phenomenal job.”

Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue eight people trapped on the second and third floors of the apartment building, which has 12 residents. The fire broke out on the first floor of a rear apartment; that apartment was completely ruined by fire and smoke.

A resident was treated for smoke inhalation, and a firefighter was treated for exhaustion. Nobody else was injured.

The fire displaced all 12 people, but all tenants were thankful for the response.

“These guys were fantastic,” said David Mancini, who lives in the apartment complex. “Watching their response and dedication to their work was just incredible.”

The American Red Cross responded and placed two people. Everybody else was staying with friends and family, firefighters said.

The fire remains under investigation but appears to be accidental, said Fire Marshal William Scanlon.

The Waterbury and Beacon Falls fire departments helped Naugatuck.

The building at 66 Terrace Ave. is 9,386 square feet and was built in 1860. It is owned by Wayne Buckmiller and is appraised at $1 million, according to Naugatuck land records.

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Jeremy Rodorigo November 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Great job Capt. Trzaski and crew!
Rocky Vitale November 12, 2012 at 09:20 PM
This is where our tax money goes. Worth every penny to support people who say it's their job but perform extraordinary acts. Budget for training? Support it. Budget for equipment? Support it. Proud to live in Naugy.
Traci Peil November 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Great job Guys!! Thanks for all that you do!!
tim andrew November 13, 2012 at 02:01 AM
...wow, someone likes us... thank U
David Mancini November 13, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I would personally like to thank every one of those brave firefighters that responded to the call. I live there. Extraordinary job! They are worth every penny that they are paid. Thanks again!!


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