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Wilton Firefighter Injured Battling Major Condomium Fire at Wilton Crest [Update]

Crews from the New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Ridgefield, Weston and Georgetown fire departments joined Wilton firefighters in responding to the fast moving fire that broke out just before noon Sunday.

[Update, 4:29 p.m., Sunday]

A second Wilton firefighter was reportedly injured battling a major fire at a condominium complex at Wilton Crest, which as of 4 p.m. was under control.

According to a report in The Hour of Norwalk, the second firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at the scene. The other firefighter was reportedly injured by falling debris and was transported to Norwalk Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

According to the report, a total of 15 units in the complex were destroyed or heavily damaged — and at least a dozen families have been displaced.

Fire officials are reportedly investigating the cause.

[Original report, 1 p.m., Sunday:]

A firefighter is reportedly in stable condition at Norwalk Hospital after being injured while battling a large structure fire at a condominium complex in Wilton currently underway.

According to a report in The Hour of Norwalk, crews from the New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Ridgefield, Weston and Georgetown fire departments joined Wilton firefighters in responding to the fast-moving fire that started just before 12 noon Sunday.

At least four units at Wilton Crest off Wolfpit Road were reported fully-invovled as of 1 p.m., as crews battled to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings in the complex, according to The Hour.

Wilton Patch will provide updates as they become available.

EMR April 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
to our bravest...stay safe! speedy recovery to our fireman in norwalk hospital...
EMR April 30, 2012 at 07:55 PM
OK, so now we have a problem with Fire Code. 15 condos were damaged? Where the heck are the firewalls between the units to stop this from happening?
EMR May 01, 2012 at 01:19 AM
any productive comment from Brennan regarding this tragedy or are we home shuffling rubber stamped papers?
Jim Eastwood May 01, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Good Morning Wilton EMR you are cvorrect. Has anyone considered the true warning that came from this Fire?? What if this had been late at night????? Life Hazard ??? and the 6 Yes 6 men on duty---2 of which have to travel from the north end of Town would have had to go into the rescue mode, this delaying the fire fighting efforts???? and the Outside aid is 15 to 20 mins. later ???? You the TAXPAYERS in Wilton would have at Least LOST some taxes !!!!! if not lives. You have had already lost two lives in a similar Condo fire several years ago !!! What if ??? I an reading about the Tax battle in Town and Cannot believe the Lopsided $$$$$ spent on the Board of Education (Which no one questions) and the penny pinching on the Town operation side. Wilton NEEDS More Fire fighters ON DUTY !!! even if the Chief is Afraid to ask for them !!!!! Wake Up !!!! For you Condos are getting older and more Fire prone!!! Yes EMR they are JUNK !!!! Being built to a very liberal Fire Safety code in the 70's and the 80's !!!! and yest every one around is having major fires in them----Bridgeport, Norwalk , Stamford etc. So Prevention and quick and well staffed response is the key !!!! Nice Job Wilton Fire !!!!!!!! You did a tremendous job with what you had !!! Stay Safe !!!
Now With The Fire Department ? May 01, 2012 at 02:33 PM
So just to be clear EMR - our Self-Appointed Community Disorganizer - Now you support the Fire Department - albeit begrudgingly ?? Last week their Budget was too high also the PD. (And yes we know your feelings on the Schools and the number of administrators...) Back in 2000 their budget was yadda yadda now it has skyrocked to 2X yada yada. Heros cost money - Pay up and be thankful they are willing to RUN IN TO BURNING BUILDINGS !! Your pompossidy soars to new levels daily at your rush to be the first to comment on almost any and every topic. If you can't be quiet - how about saying ... Thank you Wilton Fire Department, Police Department. And every now and then feel free to throw in a - well done to our Board of Selectmen. We are lucky to have men and women of this caliber willing to serve. You seem to nit pick rather than see a bigger picture. It just seems small rather than someone happy and proud of their town.
EMR May 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
no need to write nastygrams and get your knickers in a twist. we have a paper shuffler at the helm. If that was any other mayor or first selectman, they would be on topic with this tragedy and call for an investigation to prevent this from happening again.
EMR 4 Building Inspector May 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
What a great idea - Let's just take over peoples condos all over town by eminent domain - knock them all down and rebuild with all the current building standards and firewalls. Of course you know even if we steal them by E.D. on the cheap we will need to have float a bond offering to pay for it (but rates are at historic lows so probably not a big deal for our new closet big spender EMR.) Probably a few lawsuits to defend too as most condo owners may not want to sell out at a firesale price. Not sure we can Bond that out, so it probably causes an increase in the mill rate next year. But it would employ a number of lawyers on both sides, which in turn would help our local economy. These lawyers may spend this new found windfall at Wilton Stores and Restaurants - which in turn would help the families of those businesses. Hey you may be on to something here. Oh wait - then someone would probably be upset with the increase in Mill Rate, The town becoming real estate condo owners ...
EMR 4 Building Inspector May 01, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Let's go back to the idea of ... Thank you Wilton Fire Department ! Thank you Wilton Police Department ! And drop all the other nonsense !! Immediately !!
EMR May 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
so it's okay to not improve fire codes to prevent 15 poor families from losing their housing again? Was Avalon built this way with no firewall improvement? Are other condos and multi-family units being built under old code? Will you open up your home to these people who are homeless as an alternative the Red Cross?
Amo Probus May 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Retro-fit automatic sprinklers in all condos and apartment buildings to avoid fire spreading out to adjacent units. Get an insurance discount to defray costs. Take care of yourself. ditto homeowners
EMR 4 Building Inspector May 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM
EMR - Building Codes are constantly changing. No new building being constructed today could possibly use the codes of the 60's and 70's. But not fair to say in the 1960's they should have known what the regulations would be 30+ years in the future or have the materials even available to use. Can you say asbestos ?? Construction going on today would need to pass the Codes of 2012 to get a CO (That stands for a Certificate of Occupancy EMR). Really ?? Do we really need to explain this to you ? Figured since you were so good at comparing static statistics from 2000 vs 2011 you had a bit of common sense ... Are you really suggesting the Avalon Units are not being built to code ? I am sure you have completed thorough research before making such a Patch Worthy statement. Might almost be considered libelous to some corporate attorney if you had not. I go back to - Can you just say "Thank you" to the Wilton Fire Department ! Thank you Wilton Police Department ! Is it that hard for you ??
Really ?? May 02, 2012 at 01:38 PM
EMR - Well at least you spew the same nonsensical irrelevant arguments in public -40 houses, down $10,000 ... So we shouldn't fix a leaky roof, buy a new firetruck cause it's only 20 years old, pay our teachers their contracted retirement benefits ... JUST STOP AFTER SATURDAY PLEASE !!!! What ever benifiicial things you have to say are lost in the swelling of your ego as "The One" who knows. If you are not prepared to run for 1st Selectman - stop the griping and find a positive, quiet way to help - No one hears you anymore. If the Budget and Bond issues pass it will in large part because of your rants - DAILY !! And for that we say thank you.

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