Calls came in at 3:20 a.m. for reports of a structure fire with people trapped inside.
On arrival, firefighters were able to remove two people from the back stairway of the house. The occupants were pronounced dead at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Three others escaped the house by leaping from the second and third floor windows. Officials told us one person who jumped from the second floor sustained unknown injuries.
The two others who jumped from the third floor were able to jump from porch to porch down the building and did not sustain injuries.
The fire was extinguished at 3:36 a.m.
Four firefighters were also injured while fighting this fire with minor burns and smoke inhalation. All of them are expected to be okay.
Officials said all firefighters who worked this fire will undergo psychological evaluations for the trauma they endured.
News 8’s Stephanie Simoni reports that there were no working smoke detectors in the building.
A total of 16 people lived in the three-story building. The American Red Cross is helping those five families.
A local alder said the Livable City Initiative visited this home in the past and that there were too many people inside the home, according to building code.
State Police are also assisting with the fire investigation.
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