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Wethersfield apartment fire displaces people in 36 units

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This cat was rescued from a fire at the Village at Wethersfield apartments. (Leanne Oleasz) This cat was rescued from a fire at the Village at Wethersfield apartments. (Leanne Oleasz)
The fire was reported at the Village at Wethersfield apartments late Thursday morning. (WFSB photo) The fire was reported at the Village at Wethersfield apartments late Thursday morning. (WFSB photo)
WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A three-story apartment building in Wethersfield is uninhabitable after a fire late Thursday morning.

The fire was reported at the Village at Wethersfield apartments, which is located at 73 Village Ln., around 10:30 a.m. Upon arrival, there was heavy fire showing from third floor balcony. Firefighters could also see heavy smoke. 

"I was asleep. I work overnights and I saw big flames," Tom Arsenaurt, of Wethersfield, said. " I heard a big pop with flames coming on the side of the window, which is right toward my bedroom."

Everyone inside the building was able to get out safely.  No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported to authorities.

Firefighters were able to rescue a cat from the fire. Other animals were also saved by firefighters and residents. 

"I grabbed the dog and I brought the dog downstairs," Arsenaurt said. "And knocked on everyone's door that I could on the way back up and thank God everyone out OK." 

Fire Capt. James Ritter said the firefighters found the "main body of heavy fire was in the attic space above the ceiling,  which caused extensive structural damage to the building and prompted a switch from interior to an exterior attack." 

Ritter said two trucks were called to the scene to "began elevated master stream operations, which quickly brought the fire under control."  

"There is major fire and structural damage to several apartments as well as heavy water and smoke damage to the majority of apartments in the building," Ritter said. 

The building has been shut down, so all the people in the 36 units were displaced by the fire. 

The American Red Cross and the Village Apartments Management are helping the people, who were affected by this fire and are in need of relocation. 

The Department of Transportation reported that Route 314, which is the Berlin Turnpike, is closed at Village Lane. The Berlin Turnpike reopened around 1:30 p.m. 

A cause remains under investigation by the Wethersfield Fire Marshal's Office.  

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