More than 16 families including 27 adults and two children were left homeless following a devasting fire at a Fairfield County condo complex that also injured three people and a firefighter.
The blaze broke just before 4 p.m. Wednesday at the condos located at 658 Success Ave., in Stratford, said Stratford Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Brian Lampart.
More than 25 firefighters from both Stratford and the Bridgeport fire departments worked for more than two hours in the extreme heat to extinguish the fire in the complex which included 30 units under one roof, Lampart said.
"The fire appears to have started on the outside of the building and within some plantings, burning its way up and into the building roof structure creating an extensive amount of damage," Lampart said.
Working with several pieces of fire apparatus, the firefighters aggressively battled the blaze, as well as rescued and evacuated many occupants and pets, he added.
During the blaze, Injuries were kept to a minimum with three occupants and one firefighter taken to area hospitals for evaluations, Lampart said. He did not elaborate on the injuries.
Shelton and Milford Fire Departments assisted with station coverage during the event.
The Stratford Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the details related to the cause of this fire.
The American Red Cross is working with the families to help provide assistance to meet their immediate needs, spokeswoman Ciara DiVita.
Responders included: Wendy Croker, Ted Bresky, Bill Brennen, Paula Marker, Dave Heiden, Mike Vincelli, and Piush Kumar.
The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire.
In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided.
Those affected will meet with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan.
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