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Fire causes significant damage at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford – We-Ha

The West Hartford Fire Department said much of the firefighting had to be done from ladders to the roof because the fire spread to the interior portions of the attic.

Wampanoag Country Club Fire, April 20, 2024. Courtesy of West Hartford Fire Department

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford firefighters early Saturday morning battled a fire on the east side of the Wampanoag Country Club clubhouse loading dock that also spread to multiple parts of the roof and attic space, igniting propane cylinders.

Deputy Fire Chief Eric Munsell said dispatchers were notified at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, by a Wampanoag employee reporting a fire in the loading dock. There was no one else in the building and the caller was able to evacuate safely, Munsell said.

West Hartford Police arrived at 2:16 a.m. and confirmed the active fire, and fire units began arriving at 2:18 a.m. and also found heavy fire in the loading dock area, which is located on the east side of the building. as smoke pours from multiple parts of the roof.

Wampanoag Country Club Fire, April 20, 2024. Courtesy of West Hartford Fire Department

Several 20-pound propane cylinders on the property also emitted gas that ignited, Munsell said.

The exterior portion of the fire occurred primarily in a gated area of ​​the building, in the southeast corner, near a kitchen door, and the fire was quickly extinguished. However, it was close to the building and had penetrated the roof, where it spread into a large portion of the attic on the south and east portions of the building, officials said.

Munsell said it was a challenge to gain access to all areas of the attic where the fire had spread, and that fire was burning in multiple areas of the attic. As it was not possible to reach all parts of the attic from the inside, much of the work had to be carried out both from the roof and from extended ladders.

Wampanoag Country Club Fire, April 20, 2024. Courtesy of West Hartford Fire Department

All West Hartford fire units responded and it took more than an hour to gain access to all areas of the attic, Munsell said. Crews “worked tirelessly with the challenging fire suppression and overhaul tasks” to fully extinguish the fire.

A UConn Fire Department engine was also on scene, and there was mutual aid from the New Britain Fire Department, Hartford Fire Department and Newington Fire Department companies providing standby coverage to the rest of the city. American Medical Response was also on scene in Wampanoag, responding to some medical calls elsewhere in the city while West Hartford Fire units worked the blaze.

Wampanoag Country Club Fire, April 20, 2024. Courtesy of West Hartford Fire Department

No firefighters were injured in the incident, Munsell said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time and is under investigation by the West Hartford Fire Marshal’s Office.

Crews remained on scene and some were released around 4:15 am

“The West Hartford Fire Department would like to thank the various agencies that have supported the city with coverage and for the great work done by our dispatchers and police, Munsell said.

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