Four people are without a home on Thursday after a fire gutted a second floor unit at ana apartment complex in New Haven.
Firefighters tore down the walls in an apartment on Derby Avenue down to the studs, putting out hot spots.
A cat and dog were both rescued safely.
The extreme heat also created a dangerous situation for firefighters and first responders. They rook frequent breaks and cooled off in the hydrants used to fight the fire.
The woman in the apartment next door woke up to the thick black smoke pouring into her apartment. She made the first 911 call.
“When I got outside, there were 10 foot flames shooting out of the window of my neighbor’s apartment,” said Christina Curtis.
“Today was about 95 degrees, the heat index was very high, makes it tough on the firefighters wearing 60 pounds of gear,” said New Haven Fire Department Deputy Chief James Watkins.
There is no word on the cause of th exact cause of this fire, it remains under investigation.
News 8 will update this story as more information becomes available.