- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—HARTFORD — Three firefighters were injured and more than two dozen residents were displaced after a fierce overnight fire at the corner of Broad and Park Streets, a fire official said.

The fire at 619 Park St. was reported about 10:45 p.m., said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Juda. It raged through the four-story, brick building until about 4:30 or 5 a.m., when it was declared under control, he said. The first floor houses shops and the upper floors have apartments.

There are no reports of injuries among the approximately 25 occupants, who were able to get out of the burning building.

Two firefighters suffered from exhaustion and one cut his hand, Juda said. They were taken to a hospital, but did not need to be admitted, he said.

The building is too heavily damaged to be occupied, Juda said. Residents were brought to the Pope Park Recreation Center, he said.

“The whole building is uninhabitable right now,” he said.

American Red Cross volunteers set up a temporary shelter at the recreation center. The organization is helping 25 people from 11 families, spokesman Mario Bruno said.

Fire Capt. Helene Lynch said there may be more than 25 people displaced by the fire; some may have left the scene to stay at a relative’s house.

The fire appears to have started on the first floor, Juda said. It burned through the building’s roof, which caved in.

Light smoke continued to rise from the building 6:30 a.m.

Fire officials are investigating.

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