West Hartford resident hurt, cat dies in house fire, official says

A fire engine leaves for a call from West Hartford Fire Station No. 1 in West Hartford, Conn., on Thursday Jan. 7, 2020.

WEST HARTFORD — A resident was sent to the hospital and a cat died in a house fire on Wednesday morning, a fire official said.

Dispatch was alerted to the fire on the third floor of a multi-family residence on on South Highland Street shortly after 11 a.m., according to fire chief Greg Priest.

Priest said the first fire unit arrived on the scene three minutes after the initial call and had been made aware of reports that a pet was inside the residence and that both smoke and fire were visible.

All occupants of the house were evacuated. An adult resident of the house was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Priest said.

A pet cat was located, but didn’t survive, Priest said.

“Despite efforts to resuscitate the animal at the scene and a local veterinarian’s office, the pet did not survive,” Priest said.

Priest said Hartford, UConn and New Britain fire departments assisted in covering the town while West Hartford’s fire departments were working the scene. No first responders were reported injured. Priest said the fire was controlled shortly after 11:30 a.m.

“The fire floor has been deemed uninhabitable and the remainder of the dwelling units are being evaluated for occupancy by the building official, in conjunction with the property owner,” Priest said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated by the town’s fire marshal’s office.

Connecticut Media Group