21 dis­placed, fire­fighter hurt in 3-alarm blaze

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - By Ed Stan­nard Con­tact Ed Stan­nard at ed­ward.stan­nard@hearst­medi­act.com or 203-680-9382.

NEW HAVEN — One fire­fighter was in­jured, an­other was be­ing eval­u­ated and a va­cant house at 425 Howard Ave. was de­stroyed in a three-alarm fire early Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant Fire Chief Or­lando Mar­cano.

Six fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing 21 adults and five chil­dren, were dis­placed from the two neigh­bor­ing houses, one of which suf­fered dam­age to the third-floor roof, Mar­cano said.

The in­jured fire­fighter suf­fered a burn on his neck, Mar­cano said. Both fire­fight­ers are ex­pected to re­cover fully, he said.

The first alarm sounded at 4:47 a.m., with two more to fol­low. The fire was put out by about 6:30 a.m., Mar­cano said. Fire com­pa­nies from West Haven, East Haven and Ham­den as­sisted in putting out the fire.

The house at 425 Howard Ave. was go­ing to be razed Satur­day, Mar­cano said.

Wil­liam Kaempf­fer / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

New Haven Fire De­part­ment crews bat­tle a house fire at 425 Howard Ave. early Satur­day morn­ing. Ini­tial re­ports of flames vis­i­ble on the sec­ond floor came in about 5 a.m. The homes on both sides had to be evac­u­ated be­cause the fire threat­ened to spread, ac­cord­ing to WTNH.

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