Five Hospitalized in Hartford Fire

By Liz Dahlem and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013  |  Updated 11:09 AM EDT
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A fire destroyed an apartment building on Capen Street this morning, now half a dozen families are without a home.

A fire destroyed an apartment building on Capen Street this morning, now half a dozen families are without a home.

Four adults and one child were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at a multi-family home at 243 and 245 Capen St., in the North End of Hartford early Wednesday morning.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. on the back porch and quickly went up the building, fire officials said, and it took about an hour to put the fire out.

“We had a heavy fire showing from the rear of the building from the third-floor porches. On arrival, the first companies evacuated the building. Four adults and one child transferred to the hospital for smoke inhalation,” Deputy Chief David Serpliss, of the Hartford Fire Department, said. “They made an aggressive attack, was able to get inside and knock the fire down.”

A Good Samaritan ran inside the burning building and saved a woman who was inside. 

Carl McQuillar,of East Hartford, said he ran inside the building and pulled a woman to safety.

“I ran inside the building right there and I see the lady on the second floor, ran down and made (it) up there (so) I could get her out safely," he said.

Six families were displaced. Once the fire was out, neighbors were collected whatever belongings they could.

One neighbor said people who had been on the second floor were coughing and choking screaming.

Another neighbor could feel the heat from her bedroom.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Officials said city inspectors will likely have to condemn the building.
 

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