Man seriously injured in Norwich house fire

Norwich firefighters overhaul and check for hot spots at the scene of a building fire at 68 North Main Street Tuesday April 3, 2012. The fire was called in around 4:30 p.m. with reports of an occupant trapped on an upper story of the building. A victim was rescued by firefighters and transported to the hospital by American Ambulance.

Norwich – A man is in stable condition at a Bridgeport hospital after an afternoon house fire at 68 N. Main St. in Norwich.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Norwich Fire Department Battalion Chief Gregory Despathy said, the state and city fire marshals were still at scene investigating the blaze, which was reported around 4:28 p.m.

The second-floor fire in the three-story, multifamily residence was contained to the room of origin, believed to be a bedroom, but it displaced 11 people in three different families because of smoke damage, Despathy said.

Four of those displaced live in the apartment where the fire originated, Despathy said. A Red Cross spokesman announced Tuesday night that the organization was assisting six displaced residents in two different families.

Despathy said the fire received a full response from the city department, which reported the blaze under control by 4:53 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Despathy said.


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