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UPDATED: Tenant loses home, all belongings after apartment fire

By KARLEE STEFFANNI • Updated Sep 29, 2017 at 3:20 PM

UPDATED: Regional communications officer, Mary Williams said the Red Cross provided victim, Micky Cochrane with $125 for emergency financial assistance. Cochrane’s daughter, Mindy Blystone said an air mattress was supplied for her mother by the United Fund. Other donations and shelter have been provided from family and friends, Blystone said.

The family is seeking donations. For more information visit “Micky Cochrane - House Fire Fund” on GoFundMe.

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The American Red Cross was called to the scene of a fire that occurred Wednesday. 

The Norwalk Fire Department determined the fire began in a couch located in the living room of a Concord Court apartment.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 10:15 p.m., light smoke was visible from the roof of the apartment complex. 

Firefighters gained forcible entry to the residence, upon which they said the fire was “knocked down quickly” and an investigation was initiated. 

The left side of the couch had the heaviest damage and fire damage was contained to that area of the room.

Firefighters said there was heavy smoke and heat damage throughout, however.

“They’ll probably have to gut the place,” Capt. Aaron Lynch said, referring to the damage.

He also said the tenant will “probably have to replace all (their) belongings.”

Red Cross, an organization that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief, was called to the scene.

The apartment was ventilated due to smoke, along with an apartment adjacent to the residence.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

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