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Stamford Mayor Pushes Aquarion To Improve Water Pressure After Huge Fire

One home on Alden Street in Stamford is completely consumed by flames on Sept. 25. The fire broke out a block from Stamford Hospital.
One home on Alden Street in Stamford is completely consumed by flames on Sept. 25. The fire broke out a block from Stamford Hospital. Photo Credit: Stamford Fire‏ Department via Twitter @SFDPIO

STAMFORD, Conn. — In the wake of a massive fire involving three houses last month near Stamford Hospital, Mayor David Martin recently met with representatives from Aquarion Water Co. to push for improved water pressure.

Martin and other city officials want Aquarion to come up with expedited plans and actions to improve the city’s water infrastructure.

Related story: 5-Alarm Stamford Fire Ruled 'Accidental;' House Likely To Be Demolished

Last year, Aquarion put in new water mains around Stamford Hospital before its huge renovation project. Martin and officials want to ensure appropriate hydrant water pressure on the West Side and throughout the city for the safety of residents and first responders.

“The terrible fire on Alden Street last week, that displaced more than 30 residents and involved three structures, highlighted the need for improvements to the city’s water infrastructure,” said Martin. “The safety of the Stamford community is paramount and we must ensure that appropriate water pressure to aid in fire protection is provided for all residents.”

Engineering and public safety officials are coordinating work with Aquarion engineers to determine key areas of the city where infrastructure improvements should be prioritized to ensure appropriate water pressure citywide.

The large fire that damaged three houses near Stamford Hospital on Sept. 25 has been ruled an accident with the specific cause "undetermined," Fire Chief Trevor Roach said.

One of the houses sustained "extensive fire damage that most likely will result with it being totally demolished," Roach said. A total of 32 people were displaced by the fire.

The five-alarm fire began in a small 5-foot by 7-foot room that had been built on a rear porch on the first-floor of 50 Alden St., he said. An air conditioner, microwave and other items were plugged into a power strip via a long extension cord in the small but habitable room.

The home at 46 Alden St. sustained damage to the north side exterior, melting the vinyl siding completely off. Its second floor apartment and roof suffered damage as well.

The house at 46 Wright St. saw extensive fire damage to the south-side exterior vinyl siding, but residents were able to remain.

The Stamford Fire Marshal’s Office officially has labeled the cause of the fire as undetermined, Roach said.

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