Seven People Taken to Hospital After Fire at Apartment Complex in Vernon: FD

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Seven people were injured after a fire at an apartment complex in Vernon on Sunday, according to police.

Fire officials said they were called to the apartments on Union Street around 10:45 a.m. after a fire alarm was activated with people trapped.

When crews arrived, they said they found heavy fire on the second floor with several people hanging from the windows. Firefighters and police raised ground ladders to reach the residents and brought them to safety, officials said.

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The seven people injured in the fire are being treated at Rockville General Hospital and fire officials said the injuries are mainly smoke inhalation. Two of the injured were transported to Bridgeport Hospital for further treatment.

“We were literally walking people across the street into the emergency department,” Director of Emergency and Risk Management Michael Purcaro said.

Additional information about their injuries was not available.

The fire is under control at this time, fire officials said. It was limited to the second and third floors, they added.

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Crews said the bulk of the fire damage was in two apartments, but residents of the building were displaced because of electrical and gas service being cut.

About 15 to 20 people are displaced from the 24 unit building, according to the Vernon Fire Marshal. The Red Cross is working to assist the families who are displaced.

It's unclear what started the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

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