Wilton patrol cop puts out electrical fire on Forest Road

  • A patrol officer located and was able to extinguish an electrical fire at 70 Forest Road in Wilton on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/31/2019 2:40:05 PM

Lucky timing by a Wilton patrol officer may have saved a Forest Road industrial building from serious fire damage. 

At around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, police officer Matt Holland was on patrol when he checked on a vacant industrial warehouse on 70 Forest Road, according to Police Chief Eric Olesen. He found one of the doors open, and checked the interior for trespassers.

He didn’t find anyone in the building, but he did find an electrical fire starting in one of the lighting fixtures.

Holland had a fire extinguisher in his cruiser, and after notifying dispatch of the fire, was able to put it out himself before crews arrived, Olesen said.

“I’m not a fire guy, but it’s my determination that if he didn't act or notice that open door that building wouldn't be standing today. Or if it was, it would be heavily damaged by fire,” Olesen said.

“It’s timing and luck,” Deputy Fire Chief Don Nourse said. “Had he not stopped at that time to check that building, it could have been very bad. It’s a very old building, made of wood, and has an open structure. It could have been much worse.”

Fire crews arrived, shut off the power to the building, vented the smoke, and checked to ensure the fire had not spread within the walls. 

“Which, luckily, it had not, due to Matt’s actions,” Nourse said.

Fire crews were able to clear the scene at about 8:30 p.m.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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