ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – Connecticut Firefighters and Police are now sifting through the rubble and debris of a deadly fire in Enfield. The ages of the victims range from 40 to 60.
Firefighters were called to the two family home in Enfield’s Thompsonville neighborhood just after 6 o’clock Wednesday morning with reports that people were still trapped inside.
Enfield Fire Department Chief Frank Alaimo said, “It’ been a rough day for us; this is a tragedy for the Thompsonville area and the Enfield community as a whole, and our hearts and sympathies go out to the family of the deceased.”
A total of nine people lived in the duplex on South River Street; three lived on the left and six lived on the right where heavy flames were photographed coming out all of every window. Four people who lived on the right side never made it out.
Jessica Rozalski, a family friend, said, “Really, really heartbreaking; extremely like I feel for the girlfriend of one of the victims. The son who’s in the hospital right now who doesn’t know anything that’s going on at the moment, and of course the daughter who’s by herself now, she has no family left except her son.”
The search was made more difficult because the second floor had completely collapsed and the buildings stability was compromised. Connecticut’s State Fire Marshal also had to secure a search warrant because the owner was dead.
According to Enfield Fire Dept. Spokesman Marc Zarcaro, “Crew of investigators will probably be here close to midnight based on what I’ve heard from the scene and we’ll see what comes of it tomorrow (Thursday).”
Officials did not release the names or ages of the victims Wednesday night and they are still trying to determine the cause.
Mary Ellen Gerrow, who lives three houses down the road, told 22News that the sights and sounds of the fire were terrifying. “There was a little kid screaming. I’m not sure exactly what he was saying, but he was screaming and that’s what woke me up. I was like ‘Oh my God!’ It’s scary to think about. I hope everyone is okay in there,”
Zarcaro said that it is not clear just what caused the fire, though he did say that there is no belief that this was connected to a series of arson fires in the town’s Hazardville section. Neighbors told our Connecticut sister station, WTNH that there was a minor fire in the house the previous day involving a Christmas tree.