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Firefighters, police being hailed as heroes in Bethel

Many in Bethel are hoping an historic building partially destroyed by fire yesterday can be rebuilt.  The apartment building on Greenwood Avenue was built more than 170 years ago. 


Police and fire fighters are being hailed as heroes.


A triage center was set up by Danbury Hospital across the street at Bethel Library, for both residents and firefighters.  About 100 firefighters responded and took 20 minutes breaks because the fire was so intense and it was a humid morning. 


Dozens of fire trucks responded from the Greater Danbury area. 


Police were the first on the scene and ran into the building to alert residents.  Cpl. Lynn Morris and officers Matthew DiRago and William Holland entered the building to help get people out.  The officers encountered the man, who was reportedly disabled, and crawled on the floor in clear air to rescue him.


Ten adults and five children have been displaced.  Some businesses on the ground floor also sustained smoke and water damage.