NORWALK, Conn. (Updated 7:30 p.m.) A mother and her daughter were injured in a Tuesday morning fire near Norwalk Hospital, according to Norwalk Deputy Fire Chief Edward Prescott. The women were found unconscious by firefighters, who forced their way into the home to rescue them. Both were listed in serious condition.
Prescott gave this account of the fire: The fire in the Sheffield Ridge Condominium, at 45 Maple St., was reported at 4:19 a.m. The fire was in Unit 4C of the four-story, 40-unit building. The mother was about 90 years old; the daughter was estimated to be between 50 and 70. Firefighters got them out and took them to the building's lobby. Paramedics took them to Norwalk Hospital.
Firefighters continued to search through the fourth floor, which was filled with heavy smoke but found no one else. Tenants remained outside in their cars while fire crews ventilated the building and monitored for toxic gases. The tenants were able to re-enter the building by 5:30 a.m.
The Westport Fire Department provided an engine for coverage in Norwalk during the fire, because 28 Norwalk firefighters were on the scene at the Sheffield Ridge Condominium. Firefighter left at 6 a.m. Fire Inspector Kirk McDonald was investigating the cause with the State Fire Marshal's Office, because of the seriousness of the occupants' injuries.
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