HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Around 90 residents have been displaced after a fire broke out at an apartment building on Mix Avenue Saturday night, according to Hamden fire officials.
The first call came in at 11:34 p.m. Saturday, for smoke and fire coming from a multi-unit apartment building on 925 Mix Avenue.
Crews responded to the scene within three minutes and evacuated the building while extinguishing the fire. Mutual aid was called in from surrounding town departments.
Upon accessing the roof, firefighters encountered solar panels, HVAC equipment, and the roof deck itself on fire. The fire was found in an internal void space between the third-floor ceilings and the roof deck. This made attacking the fire very labor-intensive for the firefighters. Fire crews ultimately accessed the fire from the third-floor apartment by pulling down the drywall ceilings in the hallway and apartment units.
The fire took three hours to put out.
There are no injuries at this time. The fire did not extend to any of the apartment units, but the building and its 57 units have been deemed uninhabitable due to the heavy smoke and water damage to the building.
The American Red Cross is providing support to the 90 residents displaced by the fire. Residents in need of assistance are asked to call 1-877-287-3327.
Fire officials believe the fire started in the ceiling void space of the third floor. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.
Part of Mix Avenue from Skiff Street to Shepard Avenue was closed Sunday for investigation.