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.

John Mayhew January 20, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Guilford FD was requested mutual aid for their ladder truck, but they are borrowing New Haven's truck. Theirs is out of service.
Doug January 21, 2013 at 04:19 AM
North Madison Vol. Fire Co. Madison Hose Co. #1 Guilford Fire Dept. Killingworth Vol. Fire Dept. Madison Ambulance Madison Police Madison Fire Marshals Office
SMI January 21, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Geez Louise to the first comment about Pam's responsibilities. You know what I say when people complain in sports about something their kid isn't getting or the club isn't providing? YOU VOLUNTEERING? We sure could use the help. That usually quiets them down fairly quickly.
kelly klein January 21, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I agree with SMI. If you aren't the one doing the work, particularly volunteer work, and you're 'busy' sitting at your computer about to make a critical comment (especially if you aren't bold enough to use your full name and take responsibility for what you type) take a minute and think before you type. If you aren't the person in the arena, you have no right to criticize.
Jim Rinere January 21, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Folks - remember that one of the founding principles of our great country is freedom of speech. So, regardless of how negative, insensitive, ignorant or just down right nasty somebody's comment may seem to us, they definitely have the right and we should want to "know" what they think. So, JayD, thanks for your comment. I believe it to be part of a "space" that I do not choose to live in. Pem - you are doing a great job from my perspective and thanks for all the hard work and time - you're information is very informative, fun, and timely.
kelly klein January 21, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Well said, Jim. Yes, we live in a country that was founded on free speech. The anonymity allowed in our online space now sometimes leads to a lack of personal accountability which I think, and hope, was inherent in the time our country was founded. All I'm suggesting is type only what you would say if you were face to face! Common decency, that's all.
Jay D January 21, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Looks like all the Pem supporters came out! If those comments were from others, they would have been deleted by her because they were off topic. I guess she has a different set of standards depending on who is making the comments
owen charles January 21, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Kelly, Thanks! I couldnt agree more. Jim, Sadly your comment reflects the incivility towards others that inhibits any sort of meaningful dialogue within these pages. There is nothing about the first amendment that says you can't be civil- and there are limitations to the first amendment when it comes to lying and provoking incivil behavior. Pem, thanks for doing what you do (and putting up with alot of stuff- know that you are appreciated).
owen charles January 21, 2013 at 03:31 PM
sorry meant Jay- And again, the more nasty anonymous and uncivil the dialogue gets from people like Jay, the less others will participate, so Pem, your sincere efforts to "police" these pages while allowing for all opinions is appreciated...
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Thanks for your thoughts on that. Appreciate it. My job is a full-time paid position. I work full time and do try my best to not work all day, everyday, nights, weekends, holidays. And I could, because that is how much is going on in this community. While I found the initial comment a little crabby--and a single house fire, while tragic, does not constitute a public emergency--I do understand that this fire was a big deal and people in that part of town wanted information as soon as possible. That's exactly where the volunteers/community contributors come in, whether it's people sending in a tip, a photograph, or contributing a blog, an event or some other bit of information of interest or use to the community. That provides a wider variety of coverage than me doing it all. Examples? I found out about this story from three different sources. And the comment about the gun show (regardless of how the person posting it intended the comment) allowed me to provide that story to our readers, many of whom are interested in guns. The contributions and suggestions also allow me to have some time off, which is always nice. And very much appreciated on my part.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 03:51 PM
AND ... speaking of volunteers ... huge props to the men and women from the North Madison Volunteer Fire Co., Madison Hose Co. No. 1 (both all volunteer), the firefighters from the other communities, the Madison Ambulance Association folks, our police department, and the fire marshal for being there for this woman when she needed it. Yes, I was having a Saturday and sleeping when this was going on, but they were not. Want to say thank you to them? Here's how ... North Madison Volunteer Fire Co: http://nmvfc.org/donations/ Madison Hose Co. No. 1: Madison Hose Co. No. 1, PO Box 573, Madison, CT 06443. Madison Ambulance Association: https://www.eservicepayments.com/cgi-bin/Vanco_ver3.vps?appver3=tYgT1GfNxRUldiimjHMvOTKHfZRLt7AfNiMEkON8cYvbto7rg8irIX1_lb7hFlma2evTpo0mld6BrVzd2nG0p81aPN4Pqs4wwZtAqLf1JUQ=&ver=3 As for our police department and fire marshal, and all of our emergency responders, you can also support them when budget time comes around, if you are so inclined and think their budgets deserve your support, and if you see 'em around town, just say thanks.
Jay D January 21, 2013 at 04:23 PM
So the above comments that praise you and are clearly off topic wont be deleted?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 04:34 PM
It's pretty clear that I don't delete all the comments that criticize my coverage or Patch. Otherwise we wouldn't be having this conversation. Those comments are all over the site, sometimes with my responses. I do delete the ones with foul language, threats, or other forms of extreme nastiness, because I am just not interested in carrying on a conversation with people who communicate like that. I also often delete comments that attack other people posting, particularly if they are from someone using a fake name, or a fake email. Comments that are off topic are fair game too. Again, people with fake names and fake emails run a greater risk of getting bumped for that, than people who use their real names. That's the deal and if you don't like it, you can go comment elsewhere. There are plenty of sites with a wide variety of rules re that. And you are always welcome to start up your own website, so your freedom of expression won't be affected.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 04:35 PM
As for comments that praise me, I would have to say that I have never deleted one of those.
Jay D January 21, 2013 at 04:46 PM
In fear of getting deleted, i will still make this comment. I think you are at the point where you actually believe your own lies
DMFres January 21, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Jay D....if you think you could do a better job, step up to the plate. I don't know how you could expect one to be up 24 hours a day 7 days a week to cover stories like this. like I said, of you have a problem with the way things are done...help make it better or change it, don't hate on it. It makes you look ignorant.
sand man January 21, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Hi Pem You Do A Good Job. Can we get back to the story ( The Fire ) & What we can do to help Mrs. Anderson with her needs
BL Davis January 21, 2013 at 06:56 PM
How about some concern for the lederly homeowner who has lost her home and many of her blonginfs and memories gathered over a lifetime. will she have the wherewithall to rebuild? what will be come of her? Obviously she has family, but not close by. Will she have to leave Madison after many many years?
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Now that's a great idea. I am working on another story right now. Re your excellent suggestion, when I spoke with her yesterday, she said she doesn't know yet what she needs, she is so overwhelmed. Her one request was that we look out for her cat. I think once her children arrive, she and they will be in a better position to assess what she does need and how we can help her.
Diane St John January 21, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Geez I just want to know how Mrs Anderson is doing without all the other comments going on about everything else. I know this woman personally through my job and she is AMAZING. She brings a smile to us all when we see her. Please update us if she gives any indication on how to help her. She is a wonderful, very kind lady and there are a ton of us at my job who would do anything for her.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I will. Thanks. I just met her once, yesterday, under the worst of circumstances and she was wonderful and very kind. I hope to hear back on what she needs, and will keep you posted.
Don MacMillan January 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Guilford Fire Department was called as part of a mutual aid request. Their ladder truck is out of service for repair. New Haven FD was kind enought to loan Guilford FD their spare truck. Don MacMillan Chief NMVFC
georgeanne keirstead January 21, 2013 at 11:36 PM
OMG.....I being a fomer member of North madison fire am just glad everyone came home safe! I still listen and it pains me that I am not with them anymore.......however as far as things making the news???? is it really important that a news article wasn't in a specific time frame to make someone else happy, or is it important to know that these people suffering great losses due to a fire....ARE FRIGGEN ALIVE AND WELL? You decide!
georgeanne keirstead January 21, 2013 at 11:36 PM
georgeanne keirstead January 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Don't listen to him....he's obviously got nothing better then to displace his arrogance and anger.......
Pem McNerney (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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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