MERIDEN — Firefighters rescued a dog from a fire that damaged a three-story house on Lambert Avenue on Labor Day. No injuries were reported, firefighters said.
Firefighters saw heavy smoke on their way to the fire, prompting Assistant Fire Chief Robert Burdick to call for more help before they got to the house at 119 Lambert Ave. The call came in shortly before 1 p.m.
When firefighters arrived, a woman who was there told them about the dog, Burdick said.
Firefighters from Truck 1 went in after the dog and also looked for people, as they received an initial and unconfirmed report that a small boy might have been inside.
“They found him on the floor,” Burdick said of the dog.” The smoke was getting to him. They got him outside in the fresh air and he was saved.”
The damage included parts of the first and third floors and a front porch, said Burdick, who was on duty but also celebrating his 40th year as a firefighter.
Firefighters from South Meriden and Wallingford came to Lambert Avenue as back up. A ladder truck from Berlin covered the Pratt Street station and Southington firefighters covered the Chamberlain Highway fire station during the fire, Burdick said.
Lambert Avenue runs through a residential neighborhood parallel to Hanover Street and Bradley Avenue and connects to Fourth and West Main streets near Meriden Pawn Shop.