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Fire Rips Through Vacant House

(Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016)

Firefighters battled a raging two-alarm fire at a vacant three-story house on Magnolia Street, near Albany Avenue, in Hartford early Tuesday morning and evacuated a neighboring home when the fire spread.

The fire department received several 911 calls at 1:59 a.m. and firefighters arrived to find that fire had engulfed 90 Magnolia St. and extended to the neighboring home at 92-94 Magnolia St.

Firefighters evacuated 92-94 Magnolia St., displacing seven adults and one child.

“I felt the heat when they woke us up, bust open my bedroom door, telling us to get out,” Josephine Batchelor said. “I was hysterical. I had no clothes on. I’m still kind of upset.”

As of 5:18 a.m., the house at 90 Magnolia St. had collapsed, according to the fire department.

“The building collapsed onto itself, so any fire is going to be deep-seeded. So we’re letting it build back up so we can see where the hidden fire is and then we’ll hit it again,” Deputy Chief Thomas J. Garrahy, of the Hartford Fire Department, said.

No injuries are reported and the cause of the fire in under investigation.

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