HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– One firefighter has died and three others were injured while fighting a blaze in Hartford this evening.
Hartford Fire Chief Carlos M. Huertas said that there was a 2 alarm fire at a multi-family house at 598 Blue Hills Avenue. There were two families in the building but none of the residents were injured.
The 48-year-old firefighter who was killed was a 6 year veteran of the department. The identity of the firefighter is not being released at this time. Hartford’s Mayor Pedro Segarra and the fire chief spoke at a press conference expressing their condolences. Segarra said he has been with the family of the fallen firefighter and that “their suffering and grief is indescribable.” He also went on to say that “this gentlemen is a true hero and will not be forgotten.”
Another firefighter is at Bridgeport Burn Unit with burns over 10 percent of his body. He is listed in serious condition. The injuries of the other two firefighters are not considered serious.
Witnesses who were in the first floor of the house say the second floor caught fire and there was so much smoke that the firefighters couldn’t find their way out.
“She said one fireman did get hurt. There was so much smoke billowing around he couldn’t see how to get out of the window and he turned loose, that’s what she said. He fell from the window. She saw it. Yes,” said Mary Lewis, witness.
The Red Cross was on scene helping the residents of the home relocate.
The fire is under investigation and the cause is unknown at this time. Grief counseling has been offered to the families.
Earlier Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra tweeted:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and women of the HFD who risk their lives to keep our city and our families safe.
— Mayor Pedro Segarra (@HartfordMayor) October 8, 2014
CT Capitol Police tweeted:
State Capitol Police Dept sends its thoughts to the Hartford Fire Department.
— CT Capitol Police (@CTCapitolPolice) October 8, 2014