Officials ID firefighter killed in New Haven 2-alarm fire

A firefighter was killed while responding to a two-alarm fire in New Haven Wednesday, officials say.

News 12 Staff

May 12, 2021, 1:20 PM

Updated 1,113 days ago

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A firefighter was killed while responding to a two-alarm fire in New Haven Wednesday, officials say.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut be lowered to half-staff in honor of New Haven firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr., who died in the line of duty.
The fire broke out at 190 Valley St. around 12:45 a.m.
New Haven Fire Department Chief John Alston says several people were trapped inside the building and needed to be rescued.
At least two people, including an 84-year-old woman, inside suffered minor injuries related to smoke inhalation but are expected to be OK.
Officials say the fire was upgraded to a two-alarm fire and one firefighter was reported to be lost and disoriented.
They say firefighters located Torres and another firefighter, who were both unconscious on the second floor of the building.
Alston says Torres died of his injuries, and the other firefighter was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for respiratory injuries.
The fire is being investigated by the state fire marshal.
A GoFundMe for the family of Torres can be found here.


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