Fire At 118 Beechwood Avenue Sends Homeowner To The Hospital, Destroys House

North Madison Volunteer Fire Co. responds to late night fire. Firefighter treated on the scene and released.


A fire late Saturday night at 118 Beechwood Drive off of Durham Road just south of Old Toll Road in North Madison resulted in substantial damage to the house.

The damage to the house is so significant it may be a total loss, emergency personnel said.

A homeowner was transported to Yale Hospital-Shoreline after suffering from mild smoke inhalation, emergency personnel said Sunday morning. One firefighter was treated on the scene and released, he said. The homeowner's son, a former North Madison Volunteer Fire Co. member, is coming in today to help, emergency personnel said.

The homeowner said Sunday morning that her daughter will be coming in as well, along with other relatives. Neighbors went with her to the hospital Saturday night and she is staying with neighbors today.

The homeowner also said Sunday morning said one of her cats made it out, but that she is still missing a black cat. So if anyone in that neighborhood sees a stray black cat, please call Madison Animal Control at 203-245-2721 or let us know in the comments.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the correct address of the home affected by the fire.

Pem McNerney January 22, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Hi Georgeanne! =) =) =) OK, so just about to post another story on Mrs. Anderson. Comments on that one are going to be moderated. We are going to stay on topic. Comments that will be allowed on that one include good wishes for Mrs. Anderson. If anyone hears of any specific initiatives to help Mrs. Anderson, or would like to offer Mrs. Anderson help, those will be allowed as well. Anything else gets the boot. Let's see if we all (including me) can focus on that. Thanks!
Matt January 22, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Great job everyone on a tough one. Glad everyone is ok. I'm also glad to see the underground tanks the fire department has been installing proved their worth yet again. I recall funding for those was a recent uphill battle with town hall. I hope the politicians are paying attention. It's not the first time these tanks have been used at a fire, and I think it's critical to keep supporting their installation. More push back from town hall in the next budget cycle should have incidents like this one shoved in their political special interest faces. And even I have no problem with your reporting on this Pem. I noticed there is nothing in the New Haven Ragister, SLT, or the Source. I think your coverage of this was great. I'm far away, so this is the only information I've go. The coverage was great in my opinion. (Though if there is story about the bird park, it's on!)
Jay D January 23, 2013 at 05:14 PM
From the East Haven Patch; breaking news East Haven Fire Department responding to Structure fire. Why is bteking news for them?
Pem McNerney January 23, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Thanks Matt! I'm sure I'll have a bird park story soon. It's budget time, after all. So, JD and CG, on the off-topic topic of how decisions are made re breaking news. I can check with Julie next time I see her, which will be next week. Not sure her thinking on that, other than that she thought it was appropriate for her site and her audience. Here's another story on another Patach site that was just sent out as breaking news: "Donkey Bites New Canaan Woman during Dog Attack: A miniature donkey bit the woman's forearm Wednesday morning as she tried to rescue the animal from a brutal attack her own two dogs had launched after they breached an invisible fence at home." http://patch.com/A-1t8K Here it's bad news bears and minor school bus accidents that create major rumors in town (my thinking on that one, such as it was, was that it might be good for the parents to know what the deal was before their kids came home talking about the school bus accident). In East Haven, it's late night fires. In New Canaan, it's miniature donkey attacks. To each editor, their own.
Pem McNerney January 23, 2013 at 08:38 PM
For those of you who urged us to stay on the important topic of Mrs. Anderson, how she is doing and what can be done for her, here is that story: http://patch.com/A-1qNn. If you want to express support for her, or offer help, you are welcome to do that. Thanks.


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