One woman died and two other people were hurt in a fierce house fire early Saturday, reports The Hartford Courant.
Authorities had not identified the victims as of late Saturday night.
Flames were coming through the roof of the ranch-style house at 309 Barbara Road when firefighters arrived shortly after 2 a.m., Fire Chief Robert Kronenberger said. A man had escaped the home, but his wife and a family friend were still inside in a front bedroom, Kronenberger said.
Firefighters entered and pulled the two women out. One succumbed to her injuries and the other woman was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, as was her husband who had managed to escape the burning building.
The condition of the woman could not be confirmed Saturday night. The Middletown Press reported late Saturday night that the second woman died, but that could not be verified by police. Calls to the fire department went to voice mail Saturday night.
The home was heated by a wood stove, which was set into the fireplace in the living room, and although the cause of the fire has not been determined, “that’s definitely an area we would look at,” town Fire Marshal Albert Santostefano said.
Conditions during the rescue, Kronenberger said, were “just about untenable” because of the flames and smoke, and the front bedroom was the only room in the house where anyone would have stood a chance of surviving.
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