Beacon Hose quickly douses fire at kennel


BEACON FALLS — Firefighters swiftly extinguished a fire at a kennel Thursday night.

Beacon Hose Company No. 1 Lt. Cal Brennan said the department received a call for a structure fire at 555 Skokorat Road shortly after 7 p.m. Birchwood Kennels operates out of the ranch-style home, which is owned by Elizabeth and Erica Todd, according to property records.

Brennan, who was in command at the scene, said the fire started in the basement, where the kennel is, and had spread to a first-floor bedroom when firefighters arrived on the scene. The fire was quickly put out, he said, due to the department’s fast response.

Brennan said two women were at the house at the time and got all of the dogs out. Eight dogs were taken to a local veterinarian to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said.

Firefighters cleared the scene by about 8:40 p.m., Brennan said.

Fire Marshal Eddie Rodriguez said the cause of the fire is under investigation. He said there was minimal damage done to the house and the kennel was able to stay open.

The fire was part of a busy night for Beacon Hose.

About 15 minutes after the call for the fire came in, Brennan said, the department responded to a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 42 and South Main Street. There were no significant injuries reported, he said.

About 15 minutes after receiving the call for the accident, Beacon Hose EMS responded to a medical call for an unresponsive person who was overdosing, Brennan said. First responders administered Narcan, a drug used to treat opioid overdoses, to revive the person, he said.