An overnight house fire in Danbury left a woman dead and a few other people hurt.
According to officials, firefighters were called to the scene at 9 Stevens St. just after 12 a.m. on Wednesday. Arriving crews, which included 40 firefighters, found the three-family home heavily engulfed in flames. Fire was seen shooting through windows.
"It was scary for sure," said Jay Andre, a neighbor who lives across the street. "You don't know if it's going to spread to other houses, and, obviously, the concern of those that live there."
Firefighters said were able to get there quickly because the fire department's headquarters is just around the corner.
"[We] had a very good start," said Deputy Chief Stephen Williams, Danbury Fire Department. "[We] don't know how it got started so quick or expanded to the point that it did."
However, it was too late for one person.
A woman was found dead on the second floor of the home. Her identity has not been released.
Firefighters said they rescued an elderly man off of a first floor roof and also located an elderly woman on the first floor. Both were transported to Danbury Hospital, then to the Bridgeport Burn Unit for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.
Eight other people, including four children, were able to safely make it out of the home.
Officials said two firefighters were treated for injuries.
Andre said the fire began very loudly.
"We heard this loud explosion," he said. "We looked out the window and saw the house on fire."
Smoke alarms are being credited with saving the lives of those who escaped. Fire officials said they were installed just a couple of months ago through a community outreach program for families in need.
"We believe the smoke detectors actually alerted the other tenants to get them out of the house," Williams said.
The home was deemed a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
"Obviously, we don't know how the fire started," Andre said. "We'll be waiting to see what happened, but I'm glad that everybody or almost everybody got out."
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