Two overnight fires in Hartford displace families

(File / WTNH / Bob Wilson)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Multiple families are looking for new places to live after two fires burned through their Hartford homes overnight on Saturday.

Firefighters from Hartford first responded to a two-alarm fire at 153-155 Oakland Terrace at about 1:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found a working fire in a 3-story wood home with heavy fire in the back of the house and extending above the roof.

Crews entered the home and began to search for occupants. Due to the heavy body of fire and close proximity to other homes, officials say over 45 firefighters were on the scene, more than half the assigned staff city wide.

The Special Services division coordinated assistance from the Red Cross for nine adults and one child who were displaced, according to Captain Theodore Kolosky.

About an hour later, a second fire broke out in the area of 79-81 Oxford Street while crews were still operating at Oakland Terrace. Companies from East Hartford, West Hartford, UConn and Manchester were requested to assist Hartford firefighters at the scene.

The second fire displaced three adults who were also assisted by Special Services and the Red Cross.One firefighter was injured putting out the first fire and treated at Hartford Hospital for a laceration.

Both fires are being investigated by the Fire Prevention Division.

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