ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - New London fire is under investigation

NEW LONDON - New London Fire Chief John Chapin reported 13 members of his department responded to a 9 a.m. Wednesday fire call at 154 Williams St., a four-apartment residence. Chapin said one of the two first-floor apartments was on fire when the department got there, and the firefighters were able to put it out in a short amount of time.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

NEW LONDON - New London Fire Chief John Chapin reported 13 members of his department responded to a 9 a.m. Wednesday fire call at 154 Williams St., a four-apartment residence.

Chapin said one of the two first-floor apartments was on fire when the department got there, and the firefighters were able to put it out in a short amount of time.

Chapin praised one of the other apartment residents, Malachi Yoder, for quick action in saving a 16-year-old girl who was asleep in the burning apartment.

Realizing there was a fire somewhere after smelling smoke, Yoder ran into the downstairs apartment and got the girl outside. He then ran upstairs and got another man out. The girl was checked over by the ambulance squad.

Chapin said the apartment on fire sustained smoke and water damage, and the others in the building sustained smoke damage. The building is now uninhabitable and residents are staying with family and friends.

Chapin noted three of the four apartments had smoke detectors with no batteries in them. The fourth had a working detector, which alerted the residents to the situation so they could get out.

There were no injuries resulting from the fire and the cause is under investigation.