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[VIDEO] Branford Quarry Fire: 'Explosives Have Been Secured'

Firefighters were able to control and put out a fire at Stony Creek Quarry late Thursday afternoon — which threatened to ignite a container filled with numerous cases of explosives.

Arial drone photography courtesy of Peter Sachs aided commanders in their decision making. Credit: Branford Professional Firefighters Local 2533 Facebook page
Arial drone photography courtesy of Peter Sachs aided commanders in their decision making. Credit: Branford Professional Firefighters Local 2533 Facebook page
Update at 8:25 p.m.

The following is an overview of the quarry fire via the Branford Professional Firefighters Local 2533 Facebook page.

"The incident at Stoney Creek Granite has been placed under control. No one was hurt and the danger was mitigated without incident. Responding agencies included but are not limited to: Branford FD, Guilford FD, North Branford FD, Branford PD, Branford Public works, CT State Police, and the ATF. While operating at this incident, the Town of Branford did not remain silent. Branford E2 and E4 along with C12 and East Haven's E1(quint) operated at the scene of a house filled with smoke after the flue became detached from the chimney. An automatic fire alarm, a report of a car fire and two emergency medical calls were also handled while this incident continued throughout the afternoon. Fortunately, several off duty firefighters were just completing a class as this call came into the fire department. This fact along with a good response from Branford volunteer engine companies aloud this incident to be mitigated in a safe and timely manner. Strong work by all! Stay safe!"

Update at 5:15 p.m.


"The explosives have been secured and operations are underway to extinguish the fire," Branford Firefighters now report. "With the exception of parts of Quarry Rd, residents are now being allowed back to their homes."

Update at 5:10 p.m.

"The explosives have been secured and operations are underway to extinguish the fire," Branford Firefighters reported via their Facebook page. "With the exception of parts of Quarry Rd, residents are now being allowed back to their homes."

Update at 5:05 p.m.

Gov. Dannel Malloy stated via his Twitter account that state emergency management officials "are on scene at Branford quarry. Thoughts & prayers are w/ 1st responders & those in the area."

Update at 4:50 p.m.

All evening Branford Public School conferences and activities have been cancelled due to this afternoon's fire.

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A town-wide emergency has been declared as Branford firefighters attempt to control a fire at the Stony Creek Quarry — which threatens to reach a container filled with dozens of cases of explosives.

Homes on Quarry Road and the immediate area have been evacuated, according to the Branford Professional Firefighters Facebook page. Mutual aid tankers from Guilford and North Branford are on scene as well.

"Homes on Red Hill RD are also being evacuated at this time. Students returning home on buses that live in the effected areas are being brought to Mary Tisko School," the firefighters reported.

Branford Patch will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Ellyn Moran Santiago January 30, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Good work, Julie!
V.F. McNeil Insurance January 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Thank you to all of the first respondents for doing such a commendable job with containing the fire at the Stony Creek Quarry. Because of your brave efforts, everyone remained safe. The service you provide to our community is highly respected and appreciated.

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