Family grieves 4-year-old killed in fire

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Wednesday night, teddy bears and flowers were set up outside of the Hartford home where 4-year-old Shantay Drake was killed in a devastating fire.

Firefighters are digging to determine what caused the blaze.

43-year-old Susan Therrien is in Bridgeport Hospital’s Burn Unit in critical condition. Neighbors and friends say their hearts go out to her, as this has been one horrible year.

Staring out the window and at this memorial site is all Maureen and Angel Falcon can help but do.

Their innocent neighbor, four-year-old Shantay Drake didn’t make it out and her mother 43-year-old Susan Therrien is in critical condition in Bridgeport Hospital’s Burn Unit.

On top of that, the Falcons say Therrien is battling Cancer.

“She took a turn for the worst in the last two months. The family has been really…it just hasn’t been a good year for the family,” said Maureen Falcon.

Therrien’s six year-old daughter Kayla, was also taken to the hospital, but has been released.

Firefighters believe the Tuesday morning morning Bedford Street fire started on the first floor, where the mother and daughters lived.

The second and third floors were damaged, but everyone got out safely.

“I feel the Hartford Fire Department did not do their job correctly. The Hartford Police Department sure did. The first two responders ran out of their cars and came in and started breaking down doors,” said Angel Falcon.

News 8 checked with the fire department on the response time. They say the call came in at 5:37 am, and by 5:42 the first crew as on scene.

Captain James McLoughlin says the national average response time is six minutes.

Hartford City Councilmen Kyle Anderson and David MacDonald released a statement. It says in part… “Words are not enough to express the impact of such a loss. We urge those impacted to utilize services provided by the City and through the school to deal with this tragic grief. “

Friends of the family have planned a vigil for 11 am on Saturday in front of the Bedford Street home. At that time, they’re hoping to come up with an idea for some type of a memorial fund.


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