NFD: Fire at Norwalk’s Roodner Court quickly extinguished

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to reported structure fire at the Roodner Court Housing Complex, today at 2:25 pm. The fire was confined to a closet in Building 20, apartment 1F and extinguished within minutes of the Firefighters arrival. Prior to the Firefighters arrival, Police officers and housing authority personnel helped to evacuate occupants of the 1st and 2nd floors as the smoke became too intense, the Firefighters finished searching the locked apartments and 3rd floor. Firefighters then used fans to ventilate the building and after monitoring for toxic gases allowed the residents to return to their apartments.

The occupants of the fire apartment were able to remain in their apartment as Housing authority personnel assisted with cleaning up the apartment. Fire Inspector Phil D’Acunto is investigating the cause of the fire.



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Donna August 29, 2017 at 12:35 am

There have been several fires in recent weeks. So far we’ve been fortunate. No fatalities at Roodner Court. Does Norwalk inspect these buildings for code violations? What about illegal apartments that are over capacity and that seem to multiply without fire inspections or fines to absentee landlords? Norwalk has a beautiful new Fire House. Can they handle the risk of allowing more capacity than their own code can handle, or does the city need a real tragedy before they come to terms with the dangers of illegal apartments?

Rick August 29, 2017 at 5:53 am

five inspector cars suggests they might? On the other hand most fires have had no working smoke detectors in Norwalk.

Wonder what they are planning for the new buildings in the city ,most departments double the fire marshals becasue of the constant inspections.

Just recently a nursing home was fined for not having working alarms where many could have been hurt from a fire. Odd thing about that was the State fined the business not the city ,wonder why?

Donna August 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

Follow the link below to see the organizational “flow chart” for the Norwalk Fire Department.


If you can forgive the chart its nearly unreadable “3-D” graphics, the NFD appears to have plenty of top-down leadership, though I’m not sure, based on the chart, if the leadership flows anywhere. It is a “career” Fire Department, as opposed to Stamford, which has a mix of career firefighters and volunteers, or Westport, which is mostly volunteer. Why then, with all these paid City employees, isn’t there a systematic program for ensuring fire safety and monitoring apartments and residences which are over-capacity, housing multiple families and children in spaces too small to safely contain the occupants? Yet Firetree received rave reviews from the Fire Department. How the heck did that happen?

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