New Haven high rise catches fire again

Firefighters return for a second fire at University Towers in New Haven, June 12, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — For the second time this week New Haven firefighters had to put out a fire in a sixth floor apartment at the University Towers building on York Street. It was the same apartment where a man died on Wednesday.

In posts on the department’s Twitter page, officials had originally reported a “visible fire” and a “heavy smoke condition” from the unit.

“We looked outside and there were flames coming out of the boarded up window so as soon as the fire started the alarms went off,” a resident named Amanda told News 8.

It’s the same unit where a fire killed a man early Wednesday.

The New Haven Register reports the high-rise apartment complex does not have fire sprinklers on the 16th and 17th floors because the building was grandfathered in and built before automatic sprinkler laws took effect.

Officials have yet to name a cause in either fire.

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