Connecticut residents jump from building to escape blaze

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New Haven, CT, United States (4E) – Two people leaped from windows after a fire engulfed two multi-family houses in New Haven, Connecticut, displacing around 20 people, including three children.

According to Fire Chief Michael Grant, the three-alarm blaze that heavily damaged five apartments in the Newhallville neighborhood was reported around 5:30 a.m. in a house along Hazel St. and it immediately spread to the nearby houses.

The fire was declared under control after 30 minutes, but two men had to escape the burning building by jumping from second floor windows.

Fire crews who responded said they saw heavy smoke rushing out from the buildings and flames were coming from inside.

Grant revealed that the neighborhood is so close together and wood frame extends pretty easily.

Fire officials said about 16 adults and three children residents were affected, adding that smoke detectors inside the home prevented the situation from escalating.

The cause of the fire will be investigated but officials determine nothing suspicious about the incident.

Fire officials said the buildings were uninhabitable but could still be repaired.

Red Cross is now assisting the affected families.

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