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Two People Injured In Late-Night House Fire In Norwalk

Norwalk firefighters approach the home on South Main Street, where a late-night blaze injured two residents.
Norwalk firefighters approach the home on South Main Street, where a late-night blaze injured two residents. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
Firefighters put out the hose to fight the late night blaze in the icy cold.
Firefighters put out the hose to fight the late night blaze in the icy cold. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
Smoke is coming from a basement window from the fire.
Smoke is coming from a basement window from the fire. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
Firefighters outside the South Main Street home.
Firefighters outside the South Main Street home. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire on a frigid late Friday night in a basement bedroom of a South Main Street home, a Norwalk firefighter official said.

The blaze was visible from the basement windows when Norwalk firefighters arrived at the smoke-filled two-family house at 204 S. Main St. at about 11 p.m., Deputy Fire Chief Edward Prescott said.

Firefighters contained the blaze to the basement bedroom of the wood-framed home and had it under control by 11:20 p.m., Prescott said. Firefighters remained on the scene until 1:15 a.m. Saturday to ensure the blaze didn’t extend into the upper floors of the home, he said.

A female occupant from the first floor suffered smoke inhalation, and a male occupant of the basement bedroom suffered burns to his face and hands, Prescott said. Both were found outside the rear of the home when firefighters arrived, he said.

Paramedics took both to Norwalk Hospital for treatment, Prescott said. Their conditions were not known Saturday by fire officials.

The exact number of occupants of the home was not clear, but five people were in the home at the time of the blaze, he said. All other occupants escaped uninjured, Prescott said.

The two-and-a-half-story home has been posted as unfit for occupancy, he said, because the gas and electric utilities were disconnected due to fire damage. The second floor occupants were staying with neighbors temporarily and were arranging to stay with friends, Prescott said.

Fire Inspector Kirk McDonald was investigating the cause of the blaze, and the State Fire Marshal has been called in to assist with the investigation.