18-Year-Old Accused of Setting Fire in Bloomfield Apartment

An 18-year-old is accused setting a Bloomfield apartment on fire with multiple occupants, including two children, living inside. 

Bloomfield officers were dispatched to Woodland Avenue around 8:23 a.m. on Thursday and saw one of the apartments engulfed in flames. 

Firefighters were able to get all of the occupants out of the apartment but the two children were sent as a precaution to the Connecticut Children's Hospital for smoke inhalation. 

The apartment has been condemned but the surrounding apartments were deemed safe for occupancy despite some smoke damage. 

An investigation found that the same apartment had a minor fire on Dec. 24, but the fire department determined the cause was possibly from a cigarette, however, an electrical cause had not been ruled out. 

Police also discovered that some family members staying at the Woodland Avenue apartment were displaced from a fire at their apartment in New Britain on Dec. 20. 

As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Isaiah Hellanbrand was arrested and charged with arson and two counts of risk of injury to a minor for Thursday's fire. 

Further charges are expected. 

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