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New Haven Apartment Fire Displaces Six Families

Six New Haven families were displaced Saturday after a fire spread from a vacant apartment building to two neighboring homes, according to a city spokesperson.

None of the residents were injured in the fire. The American Red Cross is finding shelter for the displaced residents — a total of 21 adults and six children.

While fighting the blaze, two firefighters sustained minor injuries, Laurence Grotheer said. One sustained a facial burn from a falling ember and one required treatment for smoke inhalation. Both firefighters have been released from the hospital.

The fire was reported just after 5 a.m., in the 400 block of Howard Avenue, in the Hill area of the city, Grotheer said. Within an hour, it had spread to two buildings, he said.

Engines from East Haven, West Haven and Hamden responded to help put out the fire and cover New Haven fire stations, Grotheer said.

The damage to the homes was extensive. New Haven Emergency Management demolished one of the three buildings to prevent a collapse.

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