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Families displaced after a fire at West Haven condo complex

Neighbors say that people were being evacuated from the complex by firefighters.

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — This morning multiple people are displaced after a fire in a West Haven condo complex.

The fire started around 10 p.m. at the Mallard Brook Condos near Coleman Street and Interstate 95, residents reported. At least six units were damaged and displaced families.

There is no word on the cause of the fire at this time.

Ashley Acevedo said she and her family were inside their apartment when they saw the flames. She tells us her family got out safe, but barely.

“Everything happened fast. I was in the living room, and I told my husband let’s go to the room, and once we went to the room I heard the lady screaming. When we looked we saw fire only,” Acevedo said.

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Acevedo said she ran out with one goal in mind: Survival. 

However, while able to evacuate, everything Acevedo had was still inside. But, with neighbors helping neighbors, Tanya Thomas stepped in to help.

Thomas lived in the complex and saw the fire shooting out of the nearby apartment balcony. Neighbors are now calling her the epitome of the old golden rule of “love thy neighbor” after she brought out blankets and clothes for the victims of the fire.

“We have blankets and shoes – I said just take it, take the shoes, blankets, anything, just take it,” Thomas said. “We will go start them a GoFundMe page. If it was me I’d want someone to do that for me.

“It was nice. Thank God for her; she came and brought clothes for my kids – they didn’t have clothes on,” Acevedo said.

The fire is still under investigation, and the Red Cross is helping the victims who have been displaced.

This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.


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