LODD in Hartford, Conn.
A sense of loss is moving across the city of Hartford after Kevin Bell, a six-year-veteran of the Hartford Fire Department, died in a fire. Itâ€™s the first death of a Hartford firefighter in 40-years.
Three other firefighters were injured in the fire, one seriously enough that he was taken to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.
Bell was 48-years-old, and worked at Blue Hill Station Engine Co. 16.
Gov. Dannel Malloy directed flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Bell. â€œOur thoughts and prayers are with the family of the hero we lost and those who were injured in the line of duty in our capital city,â€ The governor and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said in a statement.
â€œThis could be any town, this could be any department,â€ Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said. â€œThese are men and women that on a daily basis put their lives in harmâ€™s way for our protection.â€
The fire broke out around 6:30 Tuesday night at a home along Blue Hills Avenue. The two families who lived in the home were able to safely get out.
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