On June 24, 2016, members from five Thompson (CT) fire companies responded to a report of a house fire located on Jezierski Road. As firefighters made their way to the scene, a large column of black smoke could be seen for miles. First-due firefighters were greeted with heavy fire and smoke showing from a two-story wood frame dwelling on the corner of Jezierski and Linehouse Roads. The location is void of any fire hydrants or a municipal water system, so water had to be shuttled in by tankers. Mutual aid was also called. The fire had gained considerable headway prior to the arrival of the fire department, and crews were forced to remain outside the structure to knock it down. The roof collapsed into the second floor of the dwelling, and a second collapse several minutes later brought down half of the structure into the back yard. The occupant of the house was not home at the time, and no injuries were sustained. Fire departments responding came from Community, Quinebaug, Thompson Hill, East Thompson and West Thompson. Mutual aid came from East Putnam, Muddy Brook, Woodstock, Dudley, Webster and Oxford (MA).

– Fire News photo by Alan Brackett