Injured firefighters return to duty as officials continue to investigate Wallingford house fire

Injured firefighters return to duty as officials continue to investigate Wallingford house fire



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WALLINGFORD — Two firefighters hospitalized following Sunday’s house fire on North Elm Street have returned to duty.

Officials said Tuesday the firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat-related injuries, treated and released.

Deputy Fire Marshal Shachar Baitch said Tuesday officials are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in an attached garage.

Baitch added it may take a few weeks to finish the investigation.

Insurance adjusters were still working at the house, 427 N. Elm. St., on Tuesday.

Property records show the house, located near Maplewood Avenue, is owned by Jose L. Torres. Torres and two of his children, Jayden Torres and Valerie Torres, were not injured

Neighbors reported a cat died in the blaze. Two vehicles also were destroyed. 

The house is a single-family raised ranch built in 1977. It has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms and a total of 2,052 square feet of living area.

The Torres family received assistance from the Red Cross. Family and friends organized a clothing donation drive and a GoFundMe page, which had received more than $4,650 in donations by Tuesday afternoon.

LTakores@record-journal.com

203-317-2212

Twitter: @LCTakores


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