Firefighters rescued an eight-year-old girl from a burning building in Hartford (CT) and rushed her to a hospital as flames spread to a neighboring porch and nearby cars, reports The Hartford Courant.
Fire Chief Carlos Huertas said that the child was taken to a hospital for treatment, along with a police officer and a firefighter who suffered smoke inhalation. Officials said that all three were being treated at Hartford Hospital and were expected to be released Friday evening.
Fire Capt. Helene Lynch said they believed that 12 families, about 20 adults and 10 children, were displaced from the building where the fire began at 22-24 Hamilton St. and the adjacent building at 18-20 Hamilton, not far from Zion Street in the Frog Hollow neighborhood.
A witness who lives in a nearby building on Hamilton Street said he saw two firefighters carrying the girl, who appeared to be wet, from the building.
“Firefighters took her out of the front door,” Estefan Garcia, a 15-year-old high school freshman, said as he huddled in the cold with several friends up the street. Garcia said he saw them take the girl to an ambulance.
The fire was reported at 7:28 p.m., and firefighters saw flames coming from the back of the building when they arrived, officials said.
Garcia, who lives in a third-floor apartment at 8 Hamilton St., said he spotted a plume of fire coming from 22-24 Hamilton. “It was like a volcano,” he said, adding that he heard loud popping coming from the rear of the building.
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