Sunday was an intense night for some residents in Naugatuck after a fire trapped six of them on the third floor of an apartment building.
The fire broke out at 57 Terrace Ave. at 6:25 p.m. and NBC Connecticut has been told that the heat and smoke were so intense that it trapped the victims on the third floor.
“This is survival,” said John Goodell.
Goodell, who was trapped, was hanging out by a window until help came. There was no way for him to leave because there was too much heat going up the fire escape and through the doors, he said.
“There was no way I was going to get out of that door,” said Goodell.
Finally, the Naugatuck Fire Department arrived and brought the six people to safety.
“The other firemen came in and got us all out through another apartment,” added Goodell.
“A few of them had smoke inhalation. They were checked out on scene,” said Capt. Jim Trzaski, of the Naugatuck Fire Dept.
Capt. Trzask said the damage was contained to the first floor apartment where the flames broke out because of a fire door.
After a close call, Goodell said he can’t help but feel lucky that no one was seriously injured.
“I’m thankful everybody’s OK. That’s the main thing,” said Goodell.
The fire sent one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
All tenants in the building were told to stay away from their homes until Monday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.