New Britain apartment fire extinguished

Published on Sunday, 3 March 2019 17:52
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEW BRITAIN - Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a three-family building at 424-426 Chestnut St. Sunday afternoon.

New Britain Fire Department responded around 2:20 p.m.

“All occupants are out,” Fire Chief Raul Ortiz said after speaking to crews on scene. “The Fire Marshal’s Office is here to examine the unit. Most of the fire occurred on the exterior second floor porch, communicating up to the third,” he continued. “That most likely kept damage to a minimum, but we’re not sure how much damage there is to the interior yet.”

There were no injuries reported. The Fire Department will contact the Red Cross to assist residents with temporary housing if the structure is determined to be uninhabitable. It was not clear how many people could be displaced.

Lashaya Burrus lives in the second-floor unit with her two young children. Burrus said she smelled smoke and immediately called 911 before exiting the unit.

“We’re fine; we’re just a little startled,” Burrus said, standing across the street from her home. “When the fire starts, it comes fast. I was panicking, trying to get my kids’ coats on them.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 3 March 2019 17:52. Updated: Sunday, 3 March 2019 17:55.