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CT firefighter home after mishap at fire leads to mayday

March 1, 2019

WATERFORD — Although some mayday alerts end up being false alarms, a mayday button activation on a firefighter battling a blaze Thursday afternoon ended up being the real deal.

At 11:55 p.m., the Waterford firefighters union said there was a working fire on Vivian Street in a 2.5-story house. The first line had been stretched immediately by the first arriving units on scene.

The union reported minutes later that firefighters were battling a basement fire and that the stairs had been “burned through.”

At noon, the union posted on Twitter, “Mayday called. Firefighter down.” Though the union said it did not know immediately what the caused of the mayday activation was, the fire chief told WFSB the firefighter fell through the floor which had been weakened by the flames.

Two minutes later, the union said the firefighter was being removed from the house and by 12:10 p.m., the firefighter was en route to a local hospital to be treated.

“Our firefighter is home and resting,” the fire union said around 6:30 p.m. “Thankfully no major injuries.”