Willimantic CT Pleasant Street Fire Displaces 8, Feb 2010


An early-morning fire today on Pleasant Street sent a mother and two children to the hospital and displaced eight people, fire officials said.

The fire occurred at 185 Pleasant St. in a white, multi-family home across the street from the Willimantic Elks Club. The fire shut down Pleasant Street for approximately four hours.

Willimantic Fire Chief Ronald Palmer Sr. said the call came in just before 1:30 a.m. today and when the fire crews were traveling down Main Street to the scene, they could see the flames from across the Willimantic River.

He said when firefighters arrived, there was “heavy fire” coming out of the three windows on the second floor of the house.

Palmer said the flames were shooting up over the roof and it appeared to have started on the second floor of the residence.

“The guys made an aggressive interior attack,” he said. “The guys did a great job.”

He said there was “heavy damage” to parts of the second and third floor of the building, but on the first floor it was mostly water damage.

Windham Fire Marshal Michael Licata said this morning there was heavy damage to the second floor of the house.

He added state and local fire marshals were set to begin their investigation on the cause of the fire this morning.

Assisting the Willimantic Fire Department was the Windham Center Fire Department, which covered Willimantic’s fire station.

The North Windham Fire Department, South Windham Fire Department and the University of Connecticut Fire Department also provided assistance.

Mansfield Ambulance and Lebanon Ambulance transported the three victims to the hospital from the fire and the American Red Cross was also called in to assist those displaced. Columbia Ambulance also assisted.

Palmer said a mother and two teenage children - a male and a female - were taken to Windham Community Memorial Hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

“They got out OK,” Palmer said. “They were lucky.”

Palmer said another family consisting of four people living on the first floor was able to get out of the house. He said they were outside waiting for the fire department when they arrived.

He said one person who lived in the rear of the house was not home at the time.

One firefighter, Palmer said, was injured, but he was taken to Windham Hospital and was treated and released.

Palmer said fire officials received many 911 emergency calls about the fire.
Raven Hawk Enterprises I LLC, of Mansfield, is listed as the owner of the building, according to the town assessor.