14 residents displaced by fire in Hartford - WFSB 3 Connecticut

14 residents displaced by fire in Hartford


Hartford firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire early Wednesday morning that left more than a dozen people displaced.

The fire was reported around 3 a.m. at a home on Blue Hills Avenue, and officials said flames were seen coming from the top level of the multi-family home.

"I could smell the smoke," said eyewitness Patrick Hylton. "It smelled like smoke from a car fire, and then when I went outside I could see all the smoke."

Officials said 14 people including three children were able to make it out of the building safely, and no injuries were reported.

"Stuff can be replaced, so at least they can replace that," Hylton said. "Life is too short and precious right now."

Officials told Eyewitness News the fire started in the attic of the home.

The home is just two doors down from a firehouse so fire crews were able to respond quickly. However, the home sustained severe damage.

"We had to punch through the ceiling to get up to access to the attic to extinguish the fire," said Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Dave Serpliss. "The fire was brought under control in about an hour."

Serpliss told Eyewitness News because of all the smoke and water damage, the home is condemned. 

In times like these, residents said they come together.

"I'm just glad everybody out, that's all," Hylton said. "In this neighborhood, we all look out for each other, so I know they'll be OK."

The American Red Cross was also assisting the victims

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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