19 displaced in Bridgeport apartment fire

Posted: Updated:

The cause of a fire at a Bridgeport apartment building that left 19 people homeless is electrical-related, investigators say.

The fire happened inside an apartment building at 430 Barnum Ave. on the east side of the city Thursday just after 8:30 p.m.

Authorities say the fire was electrical in nature, beginning in the basement and sending thick smoke throughout the building. The gas company and United Illuminating were called to the scene to shut off services to the building.

Nobody was injured, but some of the families say they're devastated by the turn of events and are now homeless in the cold weather.

City Councilwoman Jeanette Herron says she's worked with hundreds of families displaced by fires and it's never easy - especially as the weather turns cold.

"Nineteen people to be displaced in cold weather, not knowing where they're going to go tomorrow is not something we need in Bridgeport or anywhere," says Herron.

The American Red Cross is assisting in providing one night at a motel but does not extend coverage.

Herron says the City Council is working on an ordinance, drafted by Michelle Lyons, that would decrease the number of non-family members who can live in the same apartment. They're drafting it in hopes of reducing the chronic problem of overpopulated households, which can create a safety hazard.

 

 

  • Connecticut SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Foxwoods Resort Casino performer lineup

    Foxwoods Resort Casino performer lineup

    A look at the performers and acts coming to Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

    A look at the performers and acts coming to Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

  • Connecticut Birthday Smiles

    Connecticut Birthday Smiles

    Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."