Elderly woman jumps from burning apartment

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– An elderly woman jumped from her second floor apartment during a two alarm fire in Hamden early Sunday morning.

The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. at the Dogwood Hill apartments off of Evergreen Avenue. Those who live there watched helplessly as flames destroyed their home.

“A lot of fire. it was, it was unbelievable really,” said Lauren Gledhill, Hamden.

The fire broke out while many people were fast asleep.

“I look out my window and I see a bright light and it’s just too bright and I see there was a fire and I go out, go to the next building and start ringing everyone’s door bell to try and get them out,” said Matthew Creegan, Hamden.

That’s when neighbors say they began to hear all the commotion.

“I heard people yelling. I thought it was just a party going on. Then someone rang my doorbell and again I thought it was a mistaken party goer,” saud Gledhill.

The warnings proved invaluable.Everyone was able to get out safely, along with their pets. But for one woman her escape wasn’t that easy.  Neighbors tell News 8 that the flames got so big, so fast that an 85-year-old woman actually had to jump from the window of her second floor apartment.

“We jumped down there, we told her to jump and that we’d catch her and we caught her and then we ran back into my building. Then we are ringing everyone’s door bell like crazy and everybody got out,” said Creegan.

“It’s always a great help when we find people outside because they can give us where the fire is and we can get a count on the people and residents in the building,” saud Assistant Chief Ralph Black, Hamden Fire Department.

Fire officials say nine apartments were either gutted or badly damaged by the fire, along with the smoke and water. Numerous residents told News 8 that the fire alarms never went off. When asked about that, this is what the assistant fire chief had to say.

“Anything else is under investigation with our Fire Marshall at this time,” said Black.

The American red cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.

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