Two rescued from house fire in Hartford's Northeast neighborhood, chief says

HARTFORD — Two people were rescued from a burning house in Hartford's Northeast neighborhood Monday afternoon, according to Hartford fire officials.

District Chief Mario Oquendo Jr. said firefighters responded to a 2½-story home in the 100 block of Vine Street around noon Monday for a report of a house fire. He said a second alarm was called around 1:30 p.m.,, meaning another team of firefighters and equipment was brought in.

A man and woman had to be rescued from the top floor of the home via a ground ladder because both the second and third floors were on fire, according to Oquendo. The woman was transported to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation, Oquendo said, noting no injuries to civilians or firefighters had been reported as of Monday evening.

The five residents of the home, a family of adults, were displaced as a result of the fire and are receiving relocation assistance from the Hartford Fire Department’s Special Services Unit and the American Red Cross, according to Oquendo. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal's office, he said. 

Christine Dempsey may be reached at Christine.Dempsey@hearstmediact.com. 

Caroline Tien may be reached at Caroline.Tien@hearst.com.