Posted September 13, 2007 EST
Fire Destroys Hangar At Danbury Airport
Shortly after 10pm on September 12th the Danbury Fire Department was summoned to a fire at the Reliant Air building, 1 Wibling Road, at the Danbury Municipal Airport. The building which housed a charter air service and restaurant was showing heavy fire when the first units arrived and was quickly upgraded to a second then third alarm.
Surrounding towns were called for mutual aid for the scene as well as station coverage. As the fire burned through the roof eventually causing a partial building collapse, an exterior attack was taken up with two ladders and multiple handlines.
The fire was brought under control around midnight but not without causing millions of dollars in damage. The initial estimate for the planes destroyed in the hangar portion of the building and those damaged that were stored near the building was place conservatively at 20-25 million dollars.
In addition, the building and businesses housed in it were a total loss and falling embers from the fire rained down upon the Porche and Volkswagon dealerships, which bordered the airport causing an undetermined amount of damage to the cars on the lots as well as a major cleanup issue.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Written and photos by Kevin J. Czarzasty
Onscene Fire Photo