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9 families forced out, 1 firefighter hurt in Hartford apartment fire

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Nine families were forced out by flames at an apartment in Hartford Wednesday morning. (WFSB photo) Nine families were forced out by flames at an apartment in Hartford Wednesday morning. (WFSB photo)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Nine families were forced out and a firefighter was hurt in a Hartford apartment fire on Wednesday morning.

The call originally came in with reports of people trapped; however, firefighters said everyone was evacuated.

Firefighters said the fire broke out at a building on Gillett Street around 8 a.m.

The fire started on first floor of the 12-unit apartment building and moved to second and third floors, according to firefighters.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the WFSB Hartford iCam.

The fire closed Niles and Gillett Streets.

Police also said Farmington Avenue was closed between Gillett and Forrest streets.

Drivers were urged to take Asylum Avenue for a detour.

The fire was brought under control around 8:30 a.m.

One firefighter suffered burns as a result of the fire. No residents were hurt.

Included in the nine displaced families were two children.

One couple said they made it out with their newborn.

"First thing I thought was I didn't even want the smoke to get to her," said Raul Irizarry, a resident. "There wasn't too much smoke in the room yet so I just told my wife to take the baby and get out."

Irizarry said he and his wife rushed out of their first floor apartment with 2-week-old baby Nova as the fire moved up the other two floors.

"I'm feeling very shaken up," said Jeniffer Perez Caraballo, a resident. "I mean I can't do this without crying. Our baby was sleeping. If he hadn't woken up, who knows. With all the smoke that was coming in, our apartment got instantly filled up with smoke."

Irizarry and Caraballo said they've lived in the building for about a year. They said they're not sure what comes next following the fire.

"We're not expecting to see much when we go back inside, which is really sad because we worked really hard," Caraballo said.

"We just had a baby, and we spent a lot of time on our baby room," Irizarry said. "So that's one thing that we have to now redo, and I'm just happy that everybody is ok." 

Firefighters said an overhaul of the building is underway.

Residents told Eyewitness News that none of the fire alarms went off in the buildings. Officials said they're looking into why.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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