Released 8 April 2014
Montville Brush Fire Extinguished
The Salvation Army Serves Responders
MONTVILLE - The Salvation Army's New London Emergency
Disaster Services Canteen 1 served yet again, this time at a large brush fire
off Kittemaug Road in Montville on the afternoon of Monday, April 7. Crews from
Montville; CT DEEP; surrounding towns; and CL&P all assisted in fighting
the fire, which was located on top of a hill overlooking the Thames River. This
task was made difficult by strong winds, dry vegetation, its location, and the
high-voltage electrical transmission lines overhead.
The three-man volunteer crew from Canteen 1 provided hydration, lunch,
snacks, and rehabilitation support to the over 45 crew members and our efforts
were greatly appreciated by all those who were served. As we reflect on
National Volunteer Week, The Salvation Army is grateful for all of our
volunteers, including those who make our Emergency Disaster Services program
possible. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please feel
free to contact your local Salvation Army location today.
Fire Marshal Ray Occhialini remarked to The Day newspaper that fire crews
were packing up shortly before 5 p.m. after first responding to the area at
about 10:50 a.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though
Occhialini said one homeowner witnessed a bird flying into the high tension
power lines and "explode."