New Milford High School Fire – On Tuesday, 5th of July 2022, four firefighters were wounded while trying to extinguish a fire at New Milford High School. Incident report states that firefighters were dispatched to reports of a fire at the high school on Danbury Road on Tuesday afternoon. The fire occurred at about 2:15 p.m. and but was quickly put under control although flames could be seen coming out the top of the school building.
Reports from the crew state that four firefighters were treated for minor injuries. One was treated for an abrasion, two for smoke inhalation and one for heat exhaustion. The fire is under investigation. Officials believe that a roofing project could be a contributing factor.
According to New Milford Mayor Pete Bass, they were in the midst of doing roofing, which requires the use of a blow torch to help the material adhere to the roof. The school was replacing its asphalt-shingled roof with a metal seamless roof when the accident happened. New Milford High School is a four-year, public, coeducational high school in New Milford, Connecticut. Currently, approximately 1,600 students attend the school. Although a majority of the students attending the school are from New Milford, others are from the nearby town of Sherman.
Authorities said the fire and the efforts to knock it down have done damage. Although it’s still too early to determine the extent of damage, the mayor tells us it is largely smoke and water damage. Reports say that a structural assessment is expected to be done in the near future.
News update mentioned that on Wednesday morning, 6th of July 2022, officials will be at the high school to continue their assessment and plan for clean-up. Despite it being summer vacation, there was a summer program going on in the school Tuesday. There were about 20 students participating.