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Crews battle 2-alarm fire at multi-family home on South Main Street in West Hartford

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire crews were battling a fire at a multi-family dwelling on South Main Street in West Hartford Thursday evening.

Fire Chief Albert on scene tell News 8, it was a sizable blaze.

They were called to a kitchen fire at an apartment building at 105 South Main Street at about 4:26 p.m. and were on scene in about four minutes.

Police, fire, and AMR were dispatched.

The first fire crews on the scene saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the third floor. Then fire blew out the back window of the apartment and became a fully involved fire.

Most residents were able to evacuate quickly. Members of rescue crews had to assist some civilians out of the building.

West Hartford Fire Department goes on to say, “Due to the amount of fire visible, the fire being on the 3rd floor, and that occupants were still evacuating, a second alarm was called by Battalion Chief Keith Albert. First-arriving West Hartford fire crews immediately initiated a fire attack while other crews assisted with evacuating occupants, verifying that everyone was out and establishing a water supply to support the firefighting operations.”

Crews were able to knock down the fire. It was declared under control at 4:36 p.m.

No civilians were injured, no firefighters were injured. Two police officers were transported for medical evaluation as a precaution.

The West Hartford Building Official’s Office is making a determination as to which apartment units can be re-occupied.

Occupants from about 10 units will have to be relocated due to fire, smoke, and water damage.

The Red Cross and West Hartford Social Services were on scene to assist those displaced. A city bus is on scene as a warming center.

Currently, the cause of the fire is under investigation by the West Hartford Fire Marshal’s office.

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