Massive fire in Hartford leaves 2 injured, 70 homeless

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HARTFORD--The Hartford Fire Department needed all hands on deck for a devastating fire that broke out on Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m.

The massive fire took over 2604 Main St., near Earle Street. Two people were taken to St. Francis Hospital for smoke inhalation injuries, including one firefighter.

According to state Rep. Brandon McGee three apartment buildings were involved. Officials say 24 families made up of 44 adults and 26 children were displaced.

The victims are taking refuge in the Parker Memorial Community Center, and local church organizations are helping out. Also, the city of Hartford has booked 50 hotel rooms for the victims, and nurses are on scene to help care for anyone with minor injuries.

Upwards of 72 firefighters fought through thick smoke that enveloped the area.

Witnesses told Fox CT that residents had to be evacuated from the building, and West Hartford and East Hartford Fire Departments had to be called in to assist.

Fox CT is at the scene and will update you as the story develops.