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Fire breaks out at Manchester apartment building

Video from the scene shows flames pouring out of the roof of the building as firefighters attacked the blaze

MANCHESTER, Conn. — A fire that broke out at an apartment complex in Manchester significantly damaged the backside of the units, according to witnesses.

Firefighters were called to the Aspen Woods Apartments at 39 Buckland St. around 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

Video from the scene shows flames pouring out of the roof of the building as firefighters attacked the blaze.

Multiple fire units from Manchester and South Windsor responded to the fire. It was not immediately clear what sparked the blaze.

Adam Barney, Manchester Deputy Fire Chief told FOX61 20 units have been condemned 6 are being considered a total loss.

“Our fire marshal's office is investigating that but we think it possibly started somewhere in the back side of the building. Not sure if it was inside or outside,” said Barney.

One firefighter was treated at the scene for minor injuries, and no residents we hurt in the fire.

Residents of the apartment complex rushed home to see what happened.
“I know the one next to it is completely burned down, and I'm assuming ours is filled with smoke and water, but we'll have to wait and see,” said Julia Padget who lives at the apartments.

One of the residents told our crew at the scene that her parent's apartment is considered a total loss, but one item remained unscathed…a framed American flag belonging to her father who is a WWII veteran. Both of her parents made it out safely.

Crews from East Hartford, South Windsor, Glastonbury, and Vernon all responded to the scene.

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The American Red Cross is helping 29 families, 51 adults, and 14 children affected by the fire. They have provided a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more. 

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as deodorant, toothbrushes, shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Jake Garcia is a multimedia journalist for FOX61 News. He can be reached at jgarcia@fox61.com. Follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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