Amann tours deteriorating Bridgeport fire station
House Speaker Jim Amann (D-Milford) and other elected officials toured the Ocean Terrace Fire Station in Bridgeport Friday amid questions about response time during a December fire.
The 38-year-old station, located at 245 Ocean Terrace, was temporarily shut down in November due to its condition. On December 3, a family of three lost their lives in a fire that broke out very close to the station. Due to the closure, firefighters were forced to respond from another fire station. Their response time was about seven minutes.
Amman believes response time could have made a difference in that situation.
"I would hope, to think that if we were here?that the family would have been saved," said Amann.
Repairs to various problems at the station, like collapsing floors and cracked pipes, are estimated to cost about $500,000. At the beginning of January, firefighters began working from a temporary trailer located just behind the Ocean Terrace Fire Station. Related information:Temporary firehouse fix used after deadly fireDisplaced families pick up pieces fromBridgeport fireAt least 3 people killed in Bridgeport fireFire wreckage torn down as officials seekclues