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WEST HAVEN — A fire at the Mallard Brook Crossing condominium complex on Coleman Street claimed the lives of a couple and their adult daughter early Tuesday.

A call about the fire at 89 Coleman St. came in at 4:24 a.m., said Chief James O’Brien. Firefighters left the station at 4:26 a.m. and arrived at 4:28 a.m.

The fire was in Unit 214 of Building 2. The Mallard Brook Crossing condominiums are made up of some 150 units in nine buildings.

One of the victims, a woman who was found in the living room, had died by the time firefighters arrived. Firefighters rescued a man and another woman from different bedrooms.

They were rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital, but did not survive, O’Brien said.

“Unfortunately, all three residents did perish,” he said.

The fire, which firefighters extinguished within minutes, appears to have started in the living room, O’Brian said.

West Haven police and state fire marshal’s are investigating. A representative of the Milford state’s attorney’s office also has been called to the scene, although that doesn’t mean officials think the fire was intentionally set, he said.

It’s common to alert prosecutors when there are multiple fatalities from a fire, he said.

A neighbor said she and the mother, who is also a grandmother, would chat from time to time.

“She was a nice lady,” she said.

Story by Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant

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