Condo fire breaks out in Brookfield, at least 2 taken to hospital

The fire broke out at the Ledgewood Condos on Boxwood Drive just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Tom Krosnowski and Rose Shannon

Apr 25, 2024, 10:18 AM

Updated 29 days ago


An early morning fire at a Brookfield condo complex displaced 10 families and sent two people to the hospital.
The fire broke out at the Ledgewood Condos on Boxwood Drive just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
"Our first arriving units were met with heavy fire, and one of the units was extending to other units in the complex. Our ambulance started evacuating residents," says Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Derek Broadmeyer.
Firefighters tell News 12 they quickly realized they needed more help.
"We immediately stuck a second alarm, which brought in additional services from area towns. We contacted the Fairfield County coordinator," says Broadmeyer.
Firefighters spend several hours working on the fire.
News 12's Tom Krosnowski's previous coverage of Thursday's fire in Brookfield:
"The fire was probably under control in about two hours. Currently, we're just going through to check for hot spots and assist the fire marshal's office in their investigation," says Broadmeyer.
The complex contains several buildings, but fire officials say only one building was impacted by the fire.
The Red Cross is helping eight families, which includes 14 adults and two children.
Volunteers say they distributed comfort kits that contain personal care supplies, such as toothbrushes, deodorant and shampoo. They also provided families with a recovery envelope with information helpful to residents recovering from a fire.
Caseworkers plan to connect with the families to develop a long term recovery plan.
Fire officials say those taken to the hospital did not appear to have serious injuries.
Broadmeyer says among the challenges crews faced was the time and location of the fire.
"We had some initial water supply issues here, as we don't have pressurized hydro systems like most cities are used to. It's hard when you're on a main route like 133, 25, you start shutting down roads, and it starts becoming very congested very quickly. In the morning hours, it wasn't so bad. Once you start getting to school time, it really starts causing a headache," he says.
There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

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