Fire Damages Hartford Apartment

Hartford — A fire that started in the attic of a two-apartment house in Hartford Village early Sunday morning caused significant damage but no injuries, according to Hartford’s fire chief.

Steve Locke said that the fire department received a call shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, when the elderly occupant of the first-floor apartment smelled smoke and called her landlord, who lives next door.

Much of the resulting damage was done to the second-floor apartment, which had an “extensively damaged” roof structure, Locke said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about 45 minutes, he said. The first floor apartment endured non-major smoke and water damage. Locke said that all occupants — the woman and two young men who lived on the second floor — declined Red Cross assistance.

Only one tenant was home at the time of the fire. According to Locke, the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause, which is not considered suspicious.

At about noon Sunday, Trina Tatro stood in the shared driveway connecting the house that caught fire, 193 Summer St., and another house, both of which are owned by her mother. Hartford assessing records show Marilyn McMillan owns the buildings.

Hats, a footstool and a mattress, among other objects, had been moved outside the house. Many of the items were covered in layers of burnt insulation. Tatro, who lives down the street, said she had visited to check in on her mother, who declined to comment. She said her mother, who has owned the adjacent buildings for about 30 years, had just done a restoration on a portion of the upstairs apartment.

Looking at a ruined ceiling through busted second-floor windows, though, Tatro said she was grateful that the house was still standing upright.

“Looks like they got it in time,” she said.

Jon Wolper can be reached at jwolper@vnews.com or 603-727-3242.