Scene of Fatal Fire Up in Flames Again

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    nbcconnecticut.com

    The New Haven Fire Department returned to the scene of a fire at the University Towers apartment building at 100 York Street early Friday morning, almost two days after a three-alarm fire at the building killed one person and injured four others.

    On Wednesday, Charlton Gilbert was killed when a fire started in his apartment and spread through the building. Two firefighters and two residents were also injured in the fire.

    The apartment had been under "fire watch" ever since, which means that crews constantly check the building to see if fire flares up again.

    Around midnight, the fire department responded again and flames were coming from the same apartment where the blaze began. 

    Residents who were again evacuated said this was a reminder to take fire alarms seriously.

    “The alarm went off, same as before, and we all learned our lesson to actually get up and move this time. So we went straight to the stairwell. It smelled a little smoky, but I didn’t know if that was just what was left over from yesterday,” Ken Huy, of New Haven, said.

    The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and residents have been allowed back into their homes around 1 a.m.

    The cause of both fires remains under investigation.