New Details In Fatal Fire
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Firefighters rescued residents from the balconies of a high-rise near the Yale University campus early Wednesday during a blaze that left one man dead and several people injured.
The fire broke out just after 4:30 a.m. in an apartment on the sixth floor of the 17-story University Towers building on York Street.
A man living in that apartment died of injuries suffered in the fire, and two other residents of the building were hospitalized with burns or smoke inhalation, fire Chief Allyn Wright said.
Two firefighters also were treated, he said. One complained of chest pains, and the other suffered a foot injury, he said.
In all, 35 firefighters responded and helped to extinguish the blaze. They used ladders and a cherry picker to rescue several people from apartment balconies.
Dozens of residents were evacuated into an early morning rain. Some huddled under umbrellas and others took refuge in a transit bus provided by the city.
Sections of the building had smoke and water damage. Officials were assessing the extent of the damage before allowing anyone back into their homes, Wright said.
Investigators were not yet ready to release a cause of the fire, Wright said.
The building included housing for Yale graduate students and the elderly. Medical offices are located on the building’s first two floors.
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