4 injured, including 3 firefighters, in Bethel fire

(WTNH/ George Roelofsen)

BETHEL, Conn. (WTNH) — Four people, including three firefighters, were injured in a fire in downtown Bethel Thursday morning.

Fire crews responded to an apartment above stores on Greenwood Avenue after a fire broke out around 1 a.m. A man who was in the room where the fire started suffered severe burns and was taken to the hospital.

Three firefighters also sustained minor injuries in the blaze.

Firefighters say the age of the building, and the fact that it’s been renovated multiple times made their job even more difficult.

“The age of the building and the amount of renovation that went on, it was hard to find the fire because it got up in the void spaces and went up in the vents and the vinyl spaces, into the eaves and attic spaces,” said Chief Scott Murphy, Bethel Fire Dept.

The fire cost two families their homes but the town’s first selectmen says they will be taken care of.

“You will be seeing people rally around this community, the people who were displaced almost immediately,” said Matt Knickerbocker, Bethel First Selectman.

About a dozen area departments helped those Bethel firefighters knock down the flames. Greenwood Avenue was closed for the fire but has since reopened.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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