78-year-old dead following apartment blaze on Main Street in East Hartford


EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Several people were rescued and one is dead after a fire ripped through an apartment building on Main Street Thursday.

Firefighters responded to 235 Main Street apartment B where the fire happened.

Officials say the fire broke out on the first-floor apartment after 4 pm. The fire chief says when he arrived on the scene, the apartment was engulfed in flames.

Two victims were pulled from the building.

One was taken to Bridgeport’s burn unit. Several others were taken to local area hospitals for smoke inhalation.

Officials say an unresponsive victim was spotted and removed from the building. The 78-year-old victim, later identified as Juana Baez, suffered thermal injuries and smoke inhalation and did not survive.

The fire chief also says they’re trying to figure out what caused the fire and why it tore through the apartment as fast as it did.

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