New Haven Home Involved in Deadly Fire Had No Working Smoke Detectors: City Official – NBC Connecticut

New Haven Home Involved in Deadly Fire Had No Working Smoke Detectors: City Official - NBC Connecticut

Two killed, four injured in New Haven fire

Two people were killed, while a resident and three firefighters were injured early in the morning on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in a fire that damaged a West Street home.

Two people were killed, while a resident and three firefighters were injured early in the morning on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in a fire that damaged a West Street home.

Two people were killed, while a resident and three firefighters were injured early in the morning on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in a fire that damaged a West Street home.

Two people were killed, while a resident and three firefighters were injured early in the morning on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in a fire that damaged a West Street home.

NEW HAVEN — Two people were killed, while a resident and three firefighters were injured early Sunday morning in a blaze that damaged a West Street home.

Residents were forced to jump from the building, where 16 people lived, to escape the flames that started at the 150 West St. house around 3:20 a.m., said Orlando Marcano, assistant fire chief.

Firefighters rescued two people from the third floor, but the residents were pronounced dead at the hospital, he said.

One person lost consciousness after jumping from the back of the building and was sent to the hospital. That victim was being evaluated, Marcano.

One firefighter suffered an injury to his or her back, another injured his or her shoulder and another had elevated blood pressure, Marcano said.

When firefighters arrived, they saw people trapped on the third floor, with residents jumping out of windows, Marcano said. Two residents were uninjured after leaping from the front of the building onto a roof alcove to a porch roof and then to the ground, he said.

All residents were displaced and are being assisted by Red Cross, Marcano said. Seven people lived in the first floor, three on the second and six on the third, he said.

The main body of the fire was knocked down within 12 minutes of firefighters arriving, but crews were still on scene at 7:30 a.m. Marcano said. The bulk of the flames were on the second floor, while heat and smoke covered the third floor, he said.

The third floor was hard for firefighters to reach because the only access was an “extremely narrow” stairwell in the back, he said.

“A call this serious is all hands working, so pretty much all the command staff was there,” Marcano said.

Alder Evelyn Rodriguez, D-4, who was on scene Sunday morning and had visited the hospital, said that in addition to the Red Cross providing temporary help, the city’s Livable City Initiative would provide relocation assistance. Nobody was being allowed into the house, she said.

Rodriguez, while protecting the privacy of the injured as she spoke, said LCI’s role will be to help.

“People there thought only of getting out,” she said. But “in order for you to have a place to rest your head (now), you have to know that it’s safe.”

Hill North community management team Chairman Howard Boyd, who also was on scene Sunday and providing assistance, said the neighborhood is a very community-oriented one. “It’s making an impact,” he said of the fatal fire.

He said while neighbors woke up to the tragedy and and were learning what occurred, family members of those who lived in the house also were arriving in the neighborhood.

“We’re all here discussing, making sure they’re O.K,” Marcano said Sunday. “Our primary goal is (to ensure) the firefighters’ emotional and mental health is OK before they go home.”

He said the situation is even tougher because it comes after the death of firefighter George Browne, who died April 26 after 20 years with the department, according to his obituary.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Also under investigation is whether 16 people were permitted to live in the house, Marcano said.

The building is a 2 1/2-story home for two families with nine rooms, including five bedrooms, according to property records.

The state fire marshal’s office is assisting with the investigation, which Marcano said could take time.

“Because there’s fatalities involved, it’s going to be a while before they release that,” he said.

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