HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford firefighters battled an early morning two-alarm blaze after the top floor of a four-story building on Park Street went up in flames.
“There was very heavy smoke coming from the building,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Terry Waller, Hartford Fire Department.
When crews arrived on scene they evacuated the building. The intense blaze burning through the multi-unit building that housed six families and a market on the first floor. The fire took over an hour to knock out.
“It was an older building so it was a very stubborn fire so we had to get in to open it up” said Waller.
Officials say a small part of the roof collapsed. “It was heavy fire in that fourth floor area and there was some compromise in the roof,” Waller said.
“When I opened the window there was just fire trucks everywhere,” Hartford resident Megan Ball said. “The street was flooded with water.”
A man’s best friend came to the rescue for one family said Danna Gonzalez. “One family told me that their dog actually woke them up and usually the dog is tied, he couldn’t understand how the dog got untied and he was literally scratching on his leg and barking.”
Neighbors jumped in to action helping residents who ran out of the burning building. “I came outside and I made sure that everyone was out of the building,” Gonzalez added.
Everyone got out safely. No one was injured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.