Man taken to hospital with significant burns after New London fire

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New London — Three people were taken to the hospital, one with significant burns, following a fire Tuesday evening in an apartment at a Faire Harbour Landings complex at 96 Michael Road.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 5:36 p.m., Battalion Chief Jonathan Paige said. They arrived to find a man, an occupant of Unit K, outside the apartment suffering from burns to various parts of his body, including his face, Fire Chief Thomas Curcio said. 

The man was transported to Bridgeport Hospital, which is home to the Connecticut Burn Center, for treatment. His two daughters also were taken to the hospital for evaluation but did not appear burned, Curcio said.

The apartment sustained smoke, water and fire damage, with the most severe fire damage in the kitchen. Curcio said firefighters extinguished the blaze and surrounding apartments were not damaged.

The damaged apartment is the only one in the 12-unit building that is uninhabitable, Paige said. The American Red Cross initially was called, he said, but was not needed because the residents had another place to go.

He said firefighters found two cats in the basement of the unit but they were not affected by the fire.

New London firefighters were joined at the scene by a ladder truck and crew from Waterford and a FAST Team from the Submarine Base Fire Department in Groton. The city fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

g.smith@theday.com

k.drelich@theday.com

Editor's Note: This version corrects the name of the apartment complex and the number of units it contains.

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