1 dead after fire rips through Southington apartments

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died and several families have been forced from their homes after a morning apartments fire in Southington.

Now, police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the blaze.

The damage is easily visible, after a fire at the Summer Brook Apartments along Darling Street in Southington. Investigators say it started around 4:30 Sunday morning.

“I got a bunch of calls from my friend who lives over there and I just started running over here,” said Lokshmi Brown, Southington.

“My mom texted me about 5 this morning because there was a fire and I was like what and she said Jay’s house went up in flames,” said Rebecca Hayes, Southington.

The fire broke out in Unit 32 of the complex. Those who live inside were able to get out.

Crews were also called in from Bristol and Cheshire to help with the blaze. As a result, the building had to be evacuated.

All the commotion and noise brought out neighbors as well.

“I saw like 10 fire trucks, a lot of ambulances, the whole house was burnt,” said Hayes.

According to officials, much of the damage was contained to two rooms on the second floor.  Investigators were on scene for much of the morning, talking with the homeowners and neighbors trying to piece together what happened.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“It’s just sad I guess. It’s just depressing seeing a nice family like them go through something like this happening,” said Brown.

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