2 Firefighters Hospitalized in 4-Alarm Fire at JCC in Woodbridge | NECN

2 Firefighters Hospitalized in 4-Alarm Fire at JCC in Woodbridge

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    Two firefighters responding to a four-alarm fire at crowded Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge have been hospitalized, officials said. The fire started around 3:30 p.m. on the bottom floor, possibly near a sauna area, according to Judy Diamondstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016)

    A Jewish community center in Woodbridge remains closed Tuesday after a four-alarm fire that sent two firefighters to the hospital Monday.

    Fire broke out at a crowded Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge around 3:30 p.m. on the bottom floor, possibly near a sauna area, according to Judy Diamondstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

    There were between 200 and 300 in the building at 360 Amity Road at the time of the fire, Diamondstein said.  Those inside included infants and children at the JCC's child care center.

    The building was evacuated safely and everyone was moved to the Brookdale assisted living facility next door, according to Diamondstein.

    Amity Road, also knows as Route 63, was closed as more than 60 firefighters from multiple towns battled the blaze. Two firefighters had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation but are expected to recover.

    Clean-up crews remained on scene Tuesday morning and fire officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire. It is unclear when the JCC will be able to reopen, but in the meantime leaders say they will work with community parters to relocate their programming to other locations.