New Fairfield + Brookfield Firefighters Knock Out Intense Blaze on Vaughn’s Neck
Local firefighters from multiple Greater Danbury towns sprung to action on Tuesday morning (June 29) when a large fire broke out on an island set in the middle of Candlewood Lake.
According to the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department, the town's Bravest, who are fully equipped for the situation thanks to the recently deployed Marine 25 vessel, were dispatched right around 8:00 AM on Tuesday to Candlewood's Vaughn's neck in order to aid the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department in their battle with a structure fire.
Under the command of New Fairfield Car 21, Brookfield VFD units Engine No. 4, Utility Car No. 1, Unit 18-2, and the new vessel Marine 25 reportedly fought the intense blaze for a total of 90 minutes before the fire was completely extinguished.
As of this writing, there have not been any reports as to what caused the fire or whether or not anyone suffered injuries in relation to the blaze.
As one can see from the photos below, smoke from the blaze could be spotted from various points throughout Candlewood Lake:
Brookfield's Marine 25 officially went into service in 2019 following a lengthy building and training process.
The boat was constructed by a company called Lake Assault Boats located in Superior, Wisconsin. It's powered by dual 200 Yamaha motors that are controlled with the Seastar Optimus 360° Joystick control system, allowing the engines to operate independently to provide fine, low-speed controlled movements for better maneuverability and precision. The BVFD's vessel also has both side and down-scan sonar systems to assist with underwater searches, and the bow gate can be lowered below the waterline for easy access to patients or divers.
If you're unfamiliar with the aforementioned island known as Vaughn's Neck, here's a look at what we were able to discover about the intriguing Candlewood Lake landmark: