Man rescued from Norwich blaze remains in critical condition

Norwich — A Norwich man who was rescued Friday by city police from a burning home remained in critical condition Tuesday morning at the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

The fire at the three-unit home at 206 Dudley St. was reported at 4:06 a.m. Friday. Police officers were among the first to arrive, acting on cries for help from the family of Chris Wydra, who was still trapped inside.

The house was occupied by owner Patty Jean Wydra, her two sons and young granddaughter, fire officials said. The young girl was the first person who first heard noise coming from upstairs and woke her grandmother. Patty Jean Wydra discovered smoke upstairs coming from Chris Wydra’s bedroom.

Patty Jean Wydra, using a baseball bat at one point, joined one of her sons in several attempts to break down the bedroom door as smoke started to fill the second floor. They were eventually able to break in the door but were overcome and driven back by the intense heat and thick smoke, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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