NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTIC and AP) – Authorities say six people including four police officers were injured during a fire at a Newington motel.

Fire officials say they responded to the blaze at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

The first responding officer happened to be doing routine checks when he noticed smoke coming from the building.

The building was evacuated, and police say multiple people including a child were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Their current condition is unknown.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in less than an hour.

One firefighter suffered a minor burn.

The fire started in a first-floor room but its exact cause remains under investigation. The fire destroyed at least one room and its contents.

 

During the investigation unrelated  existing structural  failures were found  in the building.The Newington Building Department  issued an order to evacuate because the structure was unsafe.

 

54  people were displaced.The American Red Cross is working with  building management to assist those  displaced individuals.

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