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Firefighters helping Norwich family


A Norwich mother who lost her house in a fast-moving fire three weeks ago said the family got a Christmas miracle Tuesday.

Fire victim Pat Wydra told Eyewitness News that her son who was critically injured in the blaze awoke Tuesday from a coma.

Now the family is in dire need of clothing and furniture.

A fast-moving, pre-dawn fire back on Dec. 7 heavily damaged the three apartments in the Wydra house on Dudley Street.

Chris Wydra, 32, was initially trapped in a second floor unit and up until Tuesday, he was listed in critical condition in the burn unit of Bridgeport Hospital.

"Yesterday, he made a turn for the best," Pat Wydra said.

The family is rallying with others in Norwich as they try to replace everything lost in the fire. The East Great Plain firehouse is spearheading the collection drive.

"We have space here at the firehouse," said East Great Plain Fire Chief Pat Daley. "Local business, Sheds are Us, has donated a storage shed for us to gather up the items."

As the family slowly recovers, Pat Wydra can now vividly recall those anxious moments as she tried breaking down her son's apartment door with a bat.

"I heard him say to me, 'help me I can't get out,'" she said. "So, I beat it even harder."

First responding police and firefighters are credited with making the rescue.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Now, besides needing a couple of first level apartments, the Wydras still need at least four new mattresses and box springs as well as dressers to store any clothing.

Any goods or gift cards could be brought here to East Great Plain firehouse.

The family has also provided a wish list of items that they are looking for:

  • Boots, sneakers, slippers (all in size 8 1/2)
  • XL winter coat
  • XL nightgown
  • L shirts and pants 
  • Night shirts size 4x-5x
  • Socks 9-11 Diabetic short or long
  • Slacks IAMS Classic Petite - 4x
  • Jeans
  • Shirts - JAMS 5X
  • Uniforms - tops 4-5x (any color)
  • Hoodies size 4x-5x
  • Jacket/Coat 5x
  • Hats
  • Gloves,
  • L T-shirts 
  • Pants size 14
  • Shoes, boots size 12
  • Boxers size 2x
  • Flannel shirts size 3x or 44
  • Pants size 40/30
  • Coats, hoodie size 3x-4x
  • Hoodie, coats, size 2-3x
  • Shirts 2x
  • Boxers XL
  • Shoes, boots size 12

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