19 Displaced in New Haven Blaze

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 9:15 AM EDT
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Fire Victim Jumps from Window to Safety

Audrey Washington, NBC Connecticut

Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at 111 Hazel St. in New Haven.

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Nineteen people were displaced after a 3-alarm fire at 111 Hazel St. in New Haven on Tuesday morning. The fire quickly spread to the adjoining home at 115 Hazel Street, officials said.

Jason Lugo, 18, was on the second floor when he saw smoke and flames. His first instinct was to get his family out of harm's way.

"I immediately ran and got my family out," he said. 

After getting his family to safely, the fire had grown and flames were shooting out windows, so he and his roommate knew they would have to jump from the second floor to safety below.

"We had to get out through the window," Lugo said.

Daphne Rolon and her 8-month-old baby girl made it out of their house with only the clothes on their back. Elizabeth Czekaj and her child were also displaced.

According to the assessor’s database, this is a two-family home. The fire chief said 16 adults and three children, including two infants, have been displaced. 

Everyone who was inside got out OK and no injuries are reported.

Lugo said the fire started on the first floor.

The fire marshal will determine the cause of the fire.

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