Firefighters hosting dinner to aid residents

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Firefighters Michael Rupis, left, and Jonathan Fitzpatrick fight a blaze at 144 Blackberry Hill Road in Beacon Falls Sept. 8. Beacon Hose Company No. 1 is holding as pasta dinner Friday to benefit the couple who owns the home and a mother and son who were impacted by a separate fire Sept. 10. -CONTRIBUTED
Firefighters Michael Rupis, left, and Jonathan Fitzpatrick fight a blaze at 144 Blackberry Hill Road in Beacon Falls Sept. 8. Beacon Hose Company No. 1 is holding as pasta dinner Friday to benefit the couple who owns the home and a mother and son who were impacted by a separate fire Sept. 10. -CONTRIBUTED

BEACON FALLS — Beacon Hose Company No. 1 will cook up some pasta to help town residents impacted by recent fires.  

Beacon Hose is hosting a pasta dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the firehouse, 35 North Main St., to benefit a family displaced by a Sept. 10 fire and a couple that lost everything in a Sept. 8 fire. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old.

A mother and her adult son suffered smoke inhalation from a fire Sept. 10 that damaged a two-family home on South Main Street, fire officials said.

The mother and son, who weren’t identified, were taken to Waterbury Hospital, said Jeremy Rodorigo, spokesman for Beacon Hose. Their condition wasn’t available as of this post.

There were no other injuries in the fire at 95-97 South Main St., he said. The house is owned by Donna and Marianne Caridi Trustees of Derby, according to the assessor’s office.

Beacon Hose received a call about 11:30 p.m. for an unknown type of fire, Rodorigo said.

The mother and son escaped the fire before firefighters arrived, he said.

Deputy Fire Chief Ray Buzgo arrived on scene to learn that a mattress was on fire in a first-floor bedroom, Rodorigo said. Firefighters investigated to find the mattress and contents of the room ablaze, he said.

Firefighters had control of the fire in 35 minutes, Rodorigo said.

The house sustained fire, heat and smoke damage, which made it uninhabitable, he said. The American Red Cross is assisting the mother and son to find suitable housing, he said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, Rodorigo said.

On Sept. 8 the home at 144 Blackberry Hill Road was destroyed in a fire.

Frederick Strumpf suffered burns to a significant part of his body in the Sept. 8 fire, officials said. Rodorigo said his wife wasn’t home at the time of the fire.

Strumpf was taken to Waterbury Hospital and later transported to the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital. He was listed in stable condition as of Friday, a hospital spokesman said.

Two firefighters also were treated and released from Waterbury Hospital, fire officials said. One fell through the floor while putting out the fire and broke his arm, and the other sprained his elbow when he was knocked over by a hose, officials said.