One dead in multi-family home fire in Hartford

A child is dead after an early morning fire in Hartford, Jan. 28, 2014. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)
A child is dead after an early morning fire in Hartford, Jan. 28, 2014. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Tuesday night, firefighters in Hartford are working to determine the cause of a blaze that killed a 4-year-old girl.

Authorities say there were 11 people inside of the Bedford Street home, when the flames broke out.

It has been hours since that fire occurred but still fire officials are investigating what the cause of that fire was. Now there is a coming mourning, following the news that there is one child dead.

“She was a bright and intelligent little girl, who was very smart,” said Lashawn Times, cousin.

Lashawn Times is the cousin of a 4-year-old that died in the multi-family home on Bedford Street, early Tuesday morning.

EMTs responding to a fire on Bedford St. in Hartford.  (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni(

EMTs responding to a fire on Bedford St. in Hartford. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni(

“She was only 4-years-old so we’re just dealing with it right now,” said Times.

“At this time, the names of those involved are not being released until positive identification can be made,” said Capt. James McLaughlin, Hartford Police Department.

Officials with the Hartford Fire Department tell News 8 the blaze began around 5:30 and once crews arrived on scene, they began working to save all those that called this building home.

A woman they say had to be “rescued” from a window and a 7-year-old girl had to be taken out of the burning structure by first responders.

A bus is being used as a place to keep warm for residents of a multi-family home in Hartford. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)

A bus is being used as a place to keep warm for residents of a multi-family home in Hartford. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)

They add it was a job made harder because of the bars which surrounded many of the openings.

“Whenever your involved in a fire seconds and minutes are critical, so it took a few extra minutes for them to get the bars off the window in order to effect that rescue,” said McLaughlin.

Unfortunately they also say even if the bars weren’t there they still would not have been able to save the 4-year-old soul that perished. Now a family is working to come to terms with what happened.

“It’s not the loss of the personal stuff, it’s the losing of a life,” said Times.

Those impacted by the fire are being assisted Tuesday evening by the American Red Cross. Those injured are being treated in hospitals, including one at the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross is helping eight adults and two children who were displaced by the blaze.

Hartford Mayor Pedor Segarra is also speaking out about the tragic incident. He released this statement saying:

“We are sincerely saddened by this horrific tragedy. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the families that have been impacted by this terrible loss…”

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