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Residents displaced after fire rips through apartments in Bloomfield

The scene in Bloomfield Tuesday morning. The scene in Bloomfield Tuesday morning.

A small fire at a housing complex in Bloomfield damaged more than a dozen units at the facility and may leave the residents without a home for the next few weeks or even months, according to the fire marshal.

Firefighters were called to the Woodside Village Apartments, which houses mostly seniors, on Dorothy Drive at about 9 a.m.

"I saw smoke, it was billowing through the windows. I said, 'Oh my God,'" said Dennis Harrison. "What is this? When look and I saw fire I say, 'Oh no.'"

Fire officials said one or two units on the second floor of one building sustained serious damage. There are more than a dozen buildings in the complex.

However, the 16 other units were damaged by smoke and water.

Five people had to be treated for signs of smoke inhalation. Two police officers were examined at the scene.

Two people from the apartments and a complex employee were brought to Saint Francis Hospital.

"Everyone helped each other, and many of us who have chairs and canes, and so forth," said Bridget Avenia. "But we all manage, and we are very grateful for all the help we have."

It may be weeks or months before fire victims can return because of roof damage done by what investigators said was a relatively small fire that they have just begun to look into.

"It appears to have started in the kitchen area, but we haven't got that far into that yet," said Roger Nelson, who is the fire marshal for Bloomfield Center District.

The state fire marshal is assisting with the investigation.

The apartment management told Eyewitness News most of the people displaced by the fire are staying with friends and relatives, while arrangements have been made for the remaining few.

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