Five families were displaced and two firefighters were injured after a two-alarm fire in Waterbury on Friday evening.
Crews noted heavy fire upon arrival to the multi-family home on Central Avenue around 7 p.m. For the two families that reside in the home, the residence is a total loss.
"I heard the lady say get the kids, get the kids and that was it," neighbor Jake Bond said.
Immediately, crews said the fire was in danger of spreading to the homes on either side. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Couture explained the crews immediately knocked down the fire in the adjacent home. The neighboring home, in which three families reside, may not be a loss, but those families are displaced.
"It was thick," Bond said. "You couldn't even see over here. All the sky was just black."
Crews made an initial search of the first floor for occupants, and none were found. Crews were unable to search the second floor as the fire spread rapidly upstairs.
"Got all the kids out, that was a blessing," Bond said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The residents told Eyewitness News that the two-family house had caught fire previously just two months ago.
The American Red Cross is helping those displaced by the fire.
Several companies were called to battle the fire, as well as the companies in Wolcott and Naugatuck to assist the city’s emergencies department.
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