One person killed in condo fire in Plainville

Published on Wednesday, 3 November 2021 10:18


PLAINVILLE -- One person was killed in a condo fire early Wednesday.

Firefighters around 3:11 a.m. were called to 71 Russell Ave. on the report of a possible structure fire. The building houses 10 condos.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire coming from one unit. The flames were extending to adjacent condos on both sides, said Fire Chief Thomas Moschini.

Plainville police helped evacuate residents of the building, the chief added.

Firefighters searched the condos on both sides of the condo where the fire originated. No one was found in either unit.

Firefighters found one woman dead in the condo where the fire was showing most, Moschini said. She has not been identified.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated. The state fire marshal is assisting.

The fire left one unit severely damaged and the units on either side of it with quite a bit of damage as well, Moschini said.

Residents of the complex were kept warm in a Dattco bus while firefighters battled the blaze. It’s unclear how many people will be displaced, but Moschini said some residents were expected to be able to return to the building once the power was restored.

Moschini said it was 32 degrees when firefighters initially arrived on scene. He said the colder weather can sometimes mean more fires, as more and more people will be turning their heat on as winter approaches.

Southington firefighters were called in for mutual aid. Moschini said they did a great job assisting.

The chief also said it will be quite a while before the cause of the fire can be determined.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Wednesday, 3 November 2021 10:18. Updated: Wednesday, 3 November 2021 10:21.