West Hartford Fire Department Identifies Victim in Saturday Night Fatal Fire

One person died in a house fire at 45 Elmfield St. in West Hartford on Jan. 23, 2021. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A 60-year old woman died as a result of a fire at 45 Elmfield St. in West Hartford Saturday night.

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Fire Department has identified the victim of a fire in a single-family home in West Hartford the night of Jan. 23 as Holly Baron, 60.

Baron was a resident of the 45 Elmfield St. home, West Hartford Fire Marshal Michael Sinsigalli said in a news release Monday.

Three other residents were home at the time that fire occurred, and were able to evacuate on their own. One of those individuals, an adult male, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Sinsigalli said. Their names and ages have not been provided.

No information was given regarding why Baron was not able to evacuate from the residence.

Priest said Saturday multiple 911 calls were received and the first apparatus arrived at 9:57 p.m. and found significant fire condition. They were told that at least one or possibly two people were trapped inside the residence.

Priest said that while multiple fire crews immediately began to extinguish the heavy fire, others searched the interior of the residence for the missing occupant.

“The first of two companies located a victim in the first floor with non-survivable injuries and extricated that person,” Priest said Saturday night. He said the victim was presumed dead at the scene.

The Red Cross is assisting the occupants and the community has also offered support. Friends of Feeney has been holding a fundraiser hosted on Facebook that as of 6:15 p.m. Monday has already raised more than $18,000 toward a $20,000 goal.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

“The cause and origin continues to be under investigation,” the West Hartford Fire Department said Monday. “Fires involving casualties are complex, involving multiple agencies and resources. Interviews of witnesses, analysis of fire patterns, and the thorough documentation and evaluation of the scene are important components of a comprehensive investigation. Because of these factors, we anticipate the investigation will remain under investigation in the coming weeks as we responsibly collect all the relevant data for an accurate report.”

The West Hartford Fire Department said they plan to visit other homes in the neighborhood and provide guidance and education regarding fire safety topics.

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