Released 4 April 2014
Five-Alarm Fire at Torrington Warehouse
Thick Smoke Causes Major Problems
TORRINGTON - Over 150 firefighters from several surrounding
towns spent over 13 hours bringing a stubborn warehouse fire under control. The
blaze broke out just before 8:00 AM and was not contained until about 9:15 in
the evening. Torrington Fire Chief Gary Brunnoli said that although the fire
had been contained, he expected to be at the scene all night. The building
located on Taylor Street had been owned by O&G Industries and was leased to
Toce Brothers to store tires. Residents from surrounding homes were forced to
be evacuated due to the heavy smoke and were not allowed back into their homes
until after 8:00PM. Firefighters from Thomaston, Litchfield, Watertown, New
Hartford, Winsted, Danbury, and Waterbury responded to the fire.
The Salvation Army's Emergency Disasters Services (EDS) teams also
responded. The first mobile-food truck to arrive at mid-day was from
Bridgeport. Captain Todd Hughes and Envoy Phil Hostetler began serving fire,
police, and emergency personnel almost immediately. Captain Hughes commented,
"I'm glad that we are able to serve. Whenever people are in need, we are there
to help because that's what we do! It's part of our D.N.A."
The second Salvation Army EDS canteen truck, stationed in Greater Hartford,
arrived at 5:30 PM to relieve the Bridgeport group. This truck was staffed with
East Hartford C.E.R.T. volunteers and began serving first responders the moment
that they arrived. The Greater Hartford truck was expected to be there well
into the next morning.
The Salvation Army and its Emergency Disaster Services program have been
around for over 100 years. From the moment of impact, until the healing is
complete, you can typically count on The Salvation Army to be one of the first
groups to arrive and one of the last to leave, because, as Captain Hughes said,
"...that's what we do!"