The responded to two kitchen fires within about two hours of one another on Sunday as well as a third one while firefighters worked at one of the incidents.
A total of eight people were affected by the fires. The first fire occurred at 6 p.m. at an apartment at 93 State Pier Road, while the second occurred at 8:05 p.m. at an apartment at 42 Tilley Street. While firefighters responded to the latter blaze, another kitchen fire was reported at the Courtview Square Apartments at 309 Crystal Ave. This fire had been extinguished when firefighters responded.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke at both the State Pier Road and Tilley Street calls, according to the New London Firefighters Local 1522 Facebook page. In each incident, they opened up the ceiling or walls to make sure the fire had not spread. At State Pier Road, the upper floors were searched to make sure no occupants there had been affected by smoke.
No one was injured at any of the locations. Paul D. Shipman, chief communications officer for the American Red Cross office in Farmington, said three adults and two children were displaced by the State Pier Road fire. He said three residents at 42 Tilley Street accepted disaster recovery information and resources but declined financial assistance.