Man Jumps From Second Story to Escape Fire

He was taken to the hospital with burns to 30 percent of his body.

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    Officials are investigating a fire that tore through this Southington condo complex overnight, forcing one resident to jump from his second-story window.

    A Southington man was injured after leaping from the second story of his condo while flames ripped through the complex.

    Fire crews responded to the Summer Ridge Condominiums at 250 Summer Street in Southington just after 2 a.m. When they arrived, heavy flames were tearing through the building.

    All the residents made it out safely, fire officials said.

    The resident who jumped to escape the flames has been taken to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit with burns over 30 percent of his body, according to family members at the scene.

    Fire Captain Alan Zygmunt said Monday the victim is recovering at the hospital and is in stable condition.

    "The occupant of the original apartment unit, No. 28, woke up and started coming downstairs. [He] discovered the fire, went back upstairs and then he actually leapt from the second-floor window on to the rear deck," said Zygmunt.

    The resident was taken to the hospital for treatment of his burns and injuries sustained during the fall, fire officials said.

    Firefighters said the flames broke out in unit 28 and spread to three other condos. No other residents and no first responders were injured.

    Six people won't be able to come back to their condos today due to the damage, fire officials said. Four units are badly burned.

    The Cheshire and Plainville fire departments provided mutual aid.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation. The State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting the investigation, according to Southington fire officials.