4 in critical, 100 displaced following West Hartford fire

(WTNH / George Roelofsen)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — A fire at a apartment building in West Hartford that sent nine people to the hospital, four of whom are in critical condition, was worsened by the lack of regulatory sprinklers, says West Hartford Fire Chief Gary Allyn.

Around 2:16 a.m., the West Hartford Fire Department responded to 140 Kane Street following multiple 911 calls reporting smoke and fire in the 40-unit complex. All of the roughly 100 tenants were promptly evacuated. Noting the damages to the building, West Hartford Fire Department shuttles arrived on-scene for residents to sit in as crews tackled the blaze.

According to Fire Chief Gary Allyn, nine people were sent to Hartford Hospital for evaluation, four of whom were in critical condition. Allyn noted that the complex was not equipped with fire sprinklers. He explained to News 8 that about 15 years ago, the building was renovated, and the owner successfully applied for a permit to forego the otherwise regulatory equipment.

Mutual aid was called in from Hartford, UConn, Newington, and Farmington. The American Red Cross was also called in to assist with those displaced, and have since opened a shelter.

Kane Street was temporarily closed in both directions at Oakwood Avenue.

 

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