Fire in Vernon apartment building leaves seven injured

Alex Putterman, Hartford Courant

A fire at a Vernon apartment building Sunday left seven people injured, officials said, as firefighters were forced to rescue trapped occupants.

Officials said a fire alarm was activated in the three-story building, located at 26 Union St., at 10:43 a.m. Sunday. First responders arrived to find “heavy fire” coming from the second floor, with “several occupants hanging from windows,” assistant fire chief Rob Babcock said.

The fire is now controlled, Babcock said, and injured residents are being treated at Rockville General Hospital, just across the street from the site of the fire. Most of the injuries were due to the smoke inhalation, he said.

The cause of the fire is not currently known. The incident is under investigation by the Vernon Police Department and fire marshal’s office.

Between 15 and 20 people have been displaced by the fire, fire marshal Daniel Wasilewski said. Wasilewski said the town will work with the Red Cross to find short-term housing for those residents.

Alex Putterman can be reached at aputterman@courant.com.