At 1:47 a.m. Norwalk Engines 5, 2, Truck 2, Rescue 2, Car 2, and Truck 1 (RIT) were dispatched to Building 15 at Roodner Court for a reported structure fire. Soon thereafter, Engines 1, 3, and 4 were dispatched as well. Engine 5 arrived on scene and reported a "3 story brick, fire showing from a 3rd story window; A police cruiser is blocking access to the building." Engine 5 had fire showing from a window with heavy smoke enveloping the parking lot and a cruiser blocking their path. "I gave my size-up with my foot de-pressing the air-horn," said Capt. McCallum. "I got out of the truck to move the cruiser but it was locked, the next option was to push it... the officer came out just in time." As the cruiser was moved, Engine 5 was able to position as close as they could to make the fire room. "We were able to stretch a 200ft. pre-connect of the engine and into the building," said McCallum. "The building was pretty much evacuated as we arrived, and the air horn from Engine 5 telling the cruiser to move pretty much got everybody else up and out." Officers that had made their way into the building to help evacuate eventually were utilized by McCallum to stretch the line inside the building. "I asked two of the officers to keep the hose moving as myself and FF. Chimento advanced the hose up to the 3rd floor. I was told that eventually the smoke started to bank down and they had to leave as members of Truck 2 arrived." Engine 5 was met with heavy smoke and high heat as they made their way down the hallway to the bedroom. "The fire started to extend into the hallway as we arrived," said Chimento. "We were able to get water on it pretty quick to contain it to the bedroom with minor extention into the hallway." The fire did make its way into the eaves. With the help of the truck companies, members of Engine 5 and Engine 2 were able to prevent full extension into the attic. "Everyody did a good job and things went pretty smooth, except for the cruiser at the beginning," said McCallum. "It probably took us 10-15 minutes to get the main body of fire knocked down, including getting the hose into position."
At the time of this posting, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Also, the building is now unoccupied and will be until further notice.