Mother Rescued From Hartford Fire Dies

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The aftermath of a fire on Bedford Street in Hartford. (FOX CT)

HARTFORD — A 43-year-old mother of two who was rescued from a fire on Bedford Street on Tuesday died of her injuries on Wednesday night, fire officials said.

Susan Therrien was the second victim of the fire. Her four-year-old daughter, Shantay Drake, died at the scene Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Carlos M. Huertas said he is offering his thoughts and support on behalf of the Hartford Fire Department to the families.

The school community is holding a candlelight vigil near the Milner playground tonight at 6:00pm. Another vigil is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday on Bedford St.

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation.

When firefighters arrived at the family’s home early on Tuesday morning, flames were coming out of windows on both sides of the three-family house at 62-64 Bedford St. Firefighters rescued Therrien, 43, and her daughter Kayla Drake, 6, but weren’t able to get to Shantay.

She died of smoke inhalation, Fire Capt. James McLoughlin said.

Therrien suffered burns to her face, right arm and upper back and was in critical condition in Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit. She was pronounced dead at shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Kayla was with a family member after being treated at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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