At least 50 displaced overnight in Hartford fire


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — 30 people are staying at a temporary shelter after a fire ripped through a Ward Street residence just after midnight on Monday.

Hartford firefighters responded to 69 Ward Street at 12:26 a.m., where Captain Ortiz say they encountered heavy smoke and fire in the first floor stairwell, which rose to the third floor.

About 90 minutes later, the Hartford Fire Department declared that the fire was under control. Crews stayed on-scene conducting overhaul through the morning.

A temporary shelter was set up at McDonough School at 111 Hillside Avenue, where Ortiz says at least 50 residents stayed.

The American Red Cross set up another shelter at Pope Park, where the 50 some odd people have been transferred.

“Multiple parties” were rescued from the blaze, says Ortiz, and one person had to be transported to an area hospital. There is no word yet on the severity of injuries to this resident.

There are reports that pets were also evacuated.

West Hartford and East Hartford Fire Departments were called in to assist. New Britain firefighters were also on standby.

The American Red Cross says the following about their efforts.

“The Red Cross is working with the City of Hartford to provide a safe place to stay and food for those affected by this fire. Work will continue today to ensure that all emergency needs are taken care of, such as any needs for food, clothing, medical needs and casework services.The Red Cross will also provide comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. An envelope will also be provided with information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.”

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