A very close call in Bridgeport (CT) today at a working dwelling fire. The fire, on Hancock Avenue, had an extreme close call moment as Firefighters were overhauling the scene. A Firefighter working from Tower Ladder 5, doing overhaul with a handline, slipped and fell from the bucket area of the ladder truck. Ice in the bucket caused the member to slip and when he fell out, he fell into a huge tree that was 30+ feet in the air-and the tree caught him. He was removed from the tree by Firefighters with the tower ladder with no injuries.
The fire broke out at 880 Hancock Ave. at around 10 a.m. Firefighters say the fire started on the house’s second floor and spread quickly. The flames were so hot they melted the siding on the outside of the apartment next door. The fire also spread to the street’s power lines, which meant the firefighters had to turn off power for the area. It was restored this afternoon.
One firefighter fell out of a bucket truck while battling the fire, but managed to grab onto a tree. He was helped to safety and was not injured.