1 Dead in Manchester House Fire

By Stephanie O'Connell
|  Saturday, Jan 18, 2014  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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1 Dead in Manchester House Fire

Police tape around the scene of a fatal fire in Manchester.

One person is dead after a fire ripped through a home in Manchester early Saturday morning.

The Manchester fire department responded to  52 Park Street near downtown Manchester around 5 a.m. after reports of heavy flames.

The fire was under control by 5:25 a.m. at the multi-family home. There are five apartments at the home. Three were occupied at the time of the fire.

Mahin Aramki, the owner of the home, was living in the first floor apartment at the time of the fire and called 911 after the fire alarm activated.

Aramki, along with the second floor tenant, made their way out of the home on their own.

Police on scene attempted entry into the third floor apartment but the conditions were too severe. The fire was essentially contained to the third floor bedroom.

"It had a pretty good head start on us in the bedroom," said Manchester Fire Chief Robert Bycholski.

Once knocked down, the fire department entered the apartment and located the deceased. The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification from the Office of the State Medical Examiner and notification of next of kin.

"It wasn't a tremendous fire but it was tremendous in the fact that there was a loss of life," said Bycholski.

Three firefighters were taken to the hospital for a finger laceration, should strain and over exertion. All three were treated and released.

The local fire and police departments, along with the local fire marshal and the Connecticut State Fire Marshal are investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

The home was deemed uninhabitable by the local building department.


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