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Fire Destroys Hartland Apartment Building

Hartland — A fire destroyed the second floor of an apartment building and displaced four tenants on Friday night, fire officials said yesterday.

An apartment on the second floor, as well as the top half of a two-story apartment, were considered total losses, Hartland Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bowers said. The other half of the two-story apartment and a first-floor residence suffered moderate smoke and water damage, he said.

Bowers said those affected by the fire — a woman and a man and an engaged couple — asked that their names not be released.

The call came in at 9:30 p.m. Friday for a fire that had already been extinguished, Bowers said. By the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had reignited and started spreading.

It took firefighters about five hours to put out the fire. “It consumed the second floor of the apartment,” Bowers said.

Officials are unsure how the fire began, but Bowers said it started on the second floor and firefighters had trouble getting to the fire to fight it.

“It was difficult due to the construction of it,” Bowers said. “It was one layer on top of another layer. We just had to start ripping and tearing to get to the fire.”

The Red Cross offered assistance to the displaced tenants, Bowers said.

All four tenants were home at the time.

The fire departments of Hartford and Windsor, along with tankers from Windsor, Hartford and Woodstock, helped at the scene.

Jon Wolper can be reached at jwolper@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.