Cold weather affects firefighters in Hartford - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Cold weather affects firefighters in Hartford


It's been a busy time for Hartford firefighters who essentially had to deal with back-to-back fires Monday night and Tuesday morning, and the frigid temperatures didn't help the situation.

"These guys have been up all night fighting fire," Hartford Fire Capt. James McLaughlin said.

It's not easy for them when the conditions are bitter cold. The first fire swept through Lou Sanzaro's garage on Wethersfield Avenue around midnight.

Sanzaro, a disabled United States Veteran who served in Iraq lost everything uses for his landscaping business, including a brand new pickup truck with only 800 miles on it and salt still in the spreader for the next winter storm.

"Everything I invested, everything I had was in that building, and there's no way we'll be able to rebound and come back as fast as I like," Sanzaro said.

After fighting flames for four hours, those same crews were called to another fire in the city's North End and the old Muckies Hotdog Plant on Main Street.

With smoke pouring out of the roof, firefighters attacked the stubborn fire, while crews sought relief from the cold, shuttling in and out of the rehab bus trying to stay warm.

"With the weather being what it is, we want to keep guys fresh," McLaughlin said. "About every 15 or 20 minutes we'll rotate the crews in.

Both fires remain under investigation.

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