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DPW Employees Credited With Helping Person During House Fire in New Haven: Officials

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Two Department of Public Works employees are being credited with helping someone during a house fire in New Haven on Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to a home on Shelton Avenue around 5:25 a.m. after getting a report of a fire.

When crews arrived, they said they learned a person had jumped from a second floor window and onto a rooftop.

The person was rescued by two New Haven DPW employees who were picking up trash, saw the smoke and came over to help, according to authorities.

Director of Emergency Operations Rick Fontana said the two DPW workers who helped are heroes.

"Our public works employees are out here day in, day out. Whether they're picking up trash or plowing streets and now helping to save someone from being more severely injured. They're heroes. It's not what they do," Fontana said.

Three adults and three children are currently displaced from the home that has what officials are calling significant damage.

The two DPW employees and an occupant of the home were transported to the hospital to be treated for non-serious injuries, officials said.

There's no word on what may have caused the fire, but investigators said they believe it started in the kitchen.

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