16 injured in Waterbury fire

September 11, 2008 7:02:35 AM PDT
Waterbury officials say an early morning fire at an apartment building for the elderly injured 16 people, including two who had to be taken to a burn treatment center.The two-alarm fire was reported shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday at the Eastgate complex on Main Street. Fire officials say the blaze started in a first-floor apartment and sent smoke throughout the four-story building before being contained.

Authorities evacuated the building, and firefighters rescued several people through their apartment windows using a ladder truck.

Officials say 13 residents and a firefighter were taken to local hospitals, and two residents were brought to Bridgeport Hospital's burn center with serious injuries. The firefighter has a shoulder injury, and many of those hospitalized are being treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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