SUMMERS, Conn. (WFSB) – Multiple people were killed Tuesday night when a duplex was engulfed by flames in Somers, authorities said.
Crews continued to work on a hot spot at the Quality Avenue home early Wednesday morning.
Authorities estimate that 11 people were forcibly evicted from their homes.
Several residents rushed to hospital died, officials at the scene told Channel 3. The exact number was not known as of Wednesday morning.
First responders were dispatched to the Quality Avenue apartment complex on Tuesday around 10:20 p.m. When they arrived, they found the house engulfed in flames.
Somers Fire Chief John Roach confirmed there were several rescues. He also said multiple victims were rushed to area hospitals.
At least one victim jumped from the second floor of the building to avoid the flames.
Initial reports suggested up to four people were trapped in the structure, according to Tolland County dispatchers.
During a brief media appearance around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Roach acknowledged that some of the injured were children.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” Roach said. “It’s going to be a long night.”
Multiple state troopers were on the scene early Wednesday morning, including vehicles from the State Police Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit.
No further information was immediately available.
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