4 residents displaced after fire at Norwich apartment complex - WFSB 3 Connecticut

4 residents displaced after fire at Norwich apartment complex


All the residents of an apartment complex on Cedar Street in Norwich were able to get out safely after a large fire Friday morning.

Crews were called to the complex shortly after 5:30 a.m. 

Cold temperatures played a factor in getting the fire under control. However, Norwich Fire Chief Kenneth Scandariato said firefighters saved it from fully going up in flames.

"Knocked the fire out and let it breathe and go back in after the investigation and overhaul it to get people back in their homes," Scandariato said.

Four people have been displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

"We were all bundled up but I couldn't commend these guys more, considering the fire that we had this morning," Scandariato said. "They have to be commended."

The people at this apartment complex have had a rough few months.

It is the same apartment complex where a Norwich police officer was shot during an 11-hour standoff in early January. The suspect took his own life.

"Yeah we were out all night for that but that was the building next to it because we have four apartment buildings in here," said resident Juan Colton.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Norwich Fire Marshal's office.

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