23 People Displaced After Fire Damages 3 New Britain Buildings

Intense flames forced residents out of their homes and damaged three buildings on Arch Street in New Britain Sunday.

Three buildings were involved in the fire, which broke out around 3 p.m. in the area of 76 Arch Street and sent dark smoke billowing into the air.

Tenants and neighbors rushed outside to figure out what happened. Despite the dramatic scene, no one was hurt.

Eddie Bonnilla told NBC Connecticut he has owned one of the buildings for 15 years.

“Yeah it started in the other building and that one passed through mine a little bit, the roof, the porch,” Bonnilla said.

Fire officials said the fire broke on a porch and spread.

“The closeness of the buildings with the wind conditions we had yesterday allowed the fire to spread from the original building that caught fire,” explained New Britain Fire Marshal Don King.

The buildings are a mix of commercial and residential space. Ten families were displaced – 21 adults and two children.

“The Red Cross did a good job stepping in and finding temporary housing for them,” King said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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