With reporting and photos by Drew Gumins.
Wilton Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the rear of Wilton High School Wednesday afternoon (June 15), and extinguished the blaze without any injuries reported.
“We got a report just before 3 p.m. of a vehicle fire in the rear of the high school. We had two engines and an engine tanker on scene, and kept the fire from spreading to the dumpsters and the kitchen, which was open,” said deputy chief Mark Amatrudo. He added that all six on-duty firefighters were on the scene, extinguishing the fire after 10 minutes. Amatrudo also said that no one was hurt.
In exclusive aerial video, below, flames can be seen engulfing the van as dark grey smoke rises above the school. GOOD Morning Wilton also has video footage of firefighters working to put out the flames.
WHS principal Bob O’Donnell spoke with a GOOD Morning Wilton reporter on the scene and said that the vehicle involved—a “cleaning van” belonging to Trans-Clean, a power-washing contractor—was at the high school to clean the grease vents in the kitchen of the cafeteria.
The van was parked just a few feet outside the school, next to dumpsters and the open entry doors to the kitchen and cafeteria.
Whether there were flammable materials on the van, Amatrudo told reporters, “I assume so, but I can’t confirm that at this point.” He added that at present, there was no indication of what caused the fire but that the investigation “will continue.”
Wednesday was the last day of school for students, but there were no children at the high school as all final exams had been completed by the time of the fire.
Aerial footage: Dennis Lee
Video: Drew Gumins