Fire officials: 8 families displaced after fire tore through Bridgeport home

Fire officials say eight families have been displaced after their home went up in flames in Bridgeport.

News 12 Staff

May 31, 2021, 11:40 AM

Updated 1,092 days ago

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Fire officials say eight families have been displaced after their home went up in flames in Bridgeport.
Residents returned to the four-story multi-family home Monday in what may be the last time after a fire forced them to flee Sunday evening in the 300 block of Olive Street.
They've been told the building will be torn down after all eights units were damaged by flames, smoke or water.
"It's crazy. It's crazy, this shouldn't have happened," one woman says.
The first crews responded around 6:30 p.m. and had to call for backup.
Angel Rivera, of Bridgeport, saw the smoke from a couple blocks away and got a closer look.
"Everybody was rushing out, trying to come out, get all their belongings out, get all their pets out," he says.
Everyone made it out safely, including Jenny Tran's parents.
"They lost everything from medication to pictures... things that they will never get back again," she says.
Tran came by with them to see if anything was spared. Luckily, her dad's wallet and keys were.
"The main thing that we were very concerned about was getting my dad's wallet because of of his ID. We couldn't do nothing without his wallet and his car keys," says Tran.
The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of what happened, but residents tell News 12 a barbecue on the back porch was to blame.
The Red Cross was called in and arrainged for hotel stays, but for many of these people, what happens next is unknown.
"It hurts me because I'm their daughter, you now? They're disabled and they're old so it's really hard," Tran says.
Jenny Tran has already started a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to help her parents out.


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