2 hospitalized & dog killed in Hamden fire

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire in a Hamden home, Sunday morning.

It sent two people to the hospital and killed a family pet.

Loud noise woke Joel Branch a little after 6 o’clock Sunday morning.

“I am not sure what it was but I looked out the window and I saw what appeared to be a fire, and I called 911,” said Branch, a neighbor.

He watched as fire ripped through his neighbors home just a few feet away.

“We were in fear. We moved everybody downstairs into the back of the house and prepared to leave the house,” said Branch.

Hamden firefights say they were on the scene quickly, with three engines responding the fire, all battling flames so hot they burst out windows.

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“When the crews arrived they found fire rolling out the front window and front door to the house,” said Gary Merwede, Hamden Deputy Fire Chief.

Two people were home at the time of the blaze. Although they got out safely, they are being seen a Yale New Haven Hospital.

The family dog died in the fire.

There is a fire hydrant nearby so getting water to the fire wasn’t a problem, and firefighters say they got the fire contained quickly but they say it still wasn’t an easy fire to fight.

“Anytime you are fighting a fire in 20 degree weather with hose and difficult access, it is challenging. We were fortunate no firefighters were injured,” said Merwede.

Not only does the weather make it hard for first responders, cold temperatures could make the water used to save lives dangerous.

“It’s just going to refreeze and be all ice, and be all hazardous for cars coming down the road slipping and sliding,” said Eddie Urban, Hamden Public Works.

Hamden Public Works says they’ll stay on the scene even after the fire trucks leave salting and make the roads safe again.

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