Ground broken on new Woodbridge firehouse

After nine years of waiting, Stratford volunteer firefighters are celebrating the construction of a new firehouse.

Construction is slated to begin soon on a bigger building across the street from the current station. Firefighters like Alex Sabellico say the new building was needed.

"It got to the point where we couldn't operate with any kind of decency to do what we do," says Sabellico.

Fire officials have pushed to replace the aging building for years. In 2006, the top floor of the station was gutted by a fire.

Voters had previously shot down two referendums to build a new firehouse. The town received a $500,000 state grant to help pay for the project, and taxpayers will help foot the rest of the bill.

The house is expected to be fully operating by the end of 2008.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."