Two people were rescued and three were hospitalized after fire ripped through a three-story home in Berlin around 4 p.m. Friday, according to firefighters at the scene.
Firefighters said the homeowner made it out safely when flames spread through the house at 38 Highview Terrace, then went back inside to help two family members out of the burning building.
"He was outside and he had actually gone in to get the son-in-law and the child out of the house," explained Berlin Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Odishoo. "They had what looks like some smoke inhalation and he might have sustained some minor burns on his neck."
The three residents were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Odishoo said none of their injuries appear to be life-threatening.
A total of four or five people lived in the home, which sustained heavy damage. Firefighters said flames spread to all three floors.
Highview Terrace has been closed at Renee Drive while crews respond to the blaze.
The Cromwell Fire Department sent mutual aid, and the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department said a task force was called in.
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