Sept. 15-21 The fire departments responded to a total of 25 calls in last week. These calls included the following: An investigation of a possible illegal burn, an odor of natural gas inside an apartment, a power wire down, a carbon monoxide alarm activation with no symptoms, a report of smoke in a house, smoke coming from the top of a utility pole, a car fire, a tree branch on a power wire, a request to assist EMS with a motor vehicle accident with injuries on the highway, an electrical problem with a light inside a residence, a report of smoke in the area, and a request to assist the police department with a person locked inside a commercial business. In addition there were 13 fire alarms that turned out to be unintentional activations, and alarm malfunctions. For information about the volunteer fire departments, visit each department’s website. For information about becoming a volunteer, call 203-459-0159. Long Hill Fire Department longhillfd.com At 9:26 a.m. on Sept. 19, the fire department responded to Revere Lane at Frederick Street for a report of smoke coming from the top of a utility pole. The first arriving fire chief confirmed the initial report and stated there was active fire showing. Crews stood by on scene until the power company could arrive to de energize the power in the area. Fire department crews reported a small explosion on the pole. Once the power company arrived on scene, their crew worked on shutting down power to the effected pole. Once completed, the fire was extinguished and the situation was placed under control. Crews cleared the scene leaving it in the hands of the power company. Nichols Fire Department nicholsfire.com At 6:53 a.m. on Sept. 19, the fire department, with assistance from the Trumbull Center fire department responded to a reported car fire, Route 15 south, in the area of exit 53. The first arriving fire apparatus reported in a fully involved car fire. Crews began to stretch a hose line and extinguish the car fire. Firefighters also wet down the grassy area on the embankment that started to burn. Firefighters overhauled the burned car and thoroughly wet down the grass so fire would not reignite. Crews stood by on scene until the tow truck could remove the vehicle from the highway. Trumbull Center Fire Department trumbullvfc.com At 1:08 p.m. on Sept. 16, the fire department responded to help EMS with a motor vehicle accident with injuries Route 15 south, between exits 47 and 48. The first arriving fire apparatus positioned themselves as a blocking vehicle shutting down the travel lane to provide a safe area for the EMS crew to work. Firefighters remained on scene until the EMS personnel cleared the highway.