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Son, elderly mother hospitalized following Ansonia fire

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A son and his mother had to be transported to Bridgeport Hospital after this fire in Ansonia. (iWitness photo) A son and his mother had to be transported to Bridgeport Hospital after this fire in Ansonia. (iWitness photo)
Two people were hospitalized in a morning house fire in Ansonia. (WFSB photo) Two people were hospitalized in a morning house fire in Ansonia. (WFSB photo)
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ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) -

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Ansonia where a son and his mother were hospitalized.

They arrived at the scene on Greenfield Drive and Finney Street around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.

A next door neighbor noticed the smoke and called 911, fire officials said. The fire broke out in the home's kitchen.

Crews said they had to call mutual aid from Derby to fight the fire. Emergency crews from Seymour also responded to help with potential injuries.

Two people were inside the home at the time. Family members identified them as Richard Cook and his 82-year-old mother, Jean Cook. The family said Jean Cook suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Fire officials said two neighbors tried to enter the home through the front door, but could not. They also tried the side and back.

Neighbors were trying to flag down anyone driving by who could help and ironically a fire marshal saw the,

"Tried to get in the front door, couldn't get in the front door, tried to get in the back door," said neighbor Miki Hary.

The family said Richard Cook was able to push his mother outside of the back door to the neighbors. She suffered smoke inhalation.

"I was panicked because you know my mother is elderly and has breathing problems as it is," said Lisa Carbone, Jean Cook's daughter.

Richard Cook went back inside to save their dog. He suffered burned feet, the family said.

Both were transported to Bridgeport Hospital. They are expected to be ok.

I'm so relieved that they're ok, that's the most important thing," Carbone added.

Firefighters said most of the damage was on the backside of the house, specifically in the kitchen area. It's unclear if someone was cooking at the time. The cause is still under investigation.

The fire was largely knocked down by 8:45 a.m.

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