HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Hartford firefighters put out a massive fire and rescued a man from a burning building on Main Street this morning. Main Street and a Magnet School are closed.
The fire is officially out at 1363 Main Street, which is a vacant building. The Deputy Chief told News 8 that a passerby reported smoke around 3:45 a.m. When crews got there, they said there was a man hanging out of the second floor window with a great deal of smoke behind him. Firefighters were able to rescue him and he was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. His identity and why he was in the vacant building is also unknown.
Main Street is closed in both directions just north of downtown. Rt 44 Albany Avenue is closed at the intersection with Main Street. Capital Preparatory Magnet School at 1304 Main Street is also closed for the day due to the fire, which is across the street from the school.
While the fire is out, crews are still on scene dousing the four story building with water to stop the hot spots from flaring up again.
It took crews several hours to fight the fire because the fire spread through the floors. A big concern was a massive billboard above the building that officials were worried would collapse and put firefighters in danger. At one point firefighters had to evacuate the building and fight the fire from the street. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.