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. It’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. “Our 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,” The governor and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said in a statement.

“This could be any town, this could be any department,” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said. “These are men and women that on a daily basis put their lives in harm’s way for our protection.”

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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