ENFIELD, Conn. (WGGB) — A bubbly fun and energetic little girl – that’s how neighbors describe Hope Hart-Hartnett, who was killed this morning in an early morning fire in Enfield.
This Shaker Pines neighborhood is undoubtedly shaken tonight by news of the sudden death of the 13 year old girl that quickly spread through town and to her friends
Teddy bears and flowers placed outside 13-year-old Hope Hart-Hartnett’s burned out home Thursday.
Jenna Thibodeau says Hope was her best friend and roses were her favorite flower. “We always used to hang out after school. We’d always wait for the bus early so we could hang out together,” she says.
Laurie Mornin’s daughter Kara grew up with Hope
“I am so heavy hearted for that family right now. It’s awful, I can’t even imagine,” says Laurie.
“She was very bubbly. We used to play around a lot, like we used to play dolls all the time with each other,” says Kara Mornin.
Fire Chief Charles Mascata says firefighters desperately tried to save Hope from her third floor bedroom late Wednesday night but were repeatedly pushed back by flames.
The fire was so intense, that at one point this deck was full of firefighters when it collapsed, sending them falling to the ground.
“It was a big crack and you see everybody down. We were trying to get the attention of the other firefighters to help their men. They were a great team,” says Mascata.
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. Their chief says it’s a fire they won’t soon forget and neither will Hope’s neighborhood friends
Mascata adds, “I can guarantee you in the fire houses around town today, guys are sitting around the coffee tables saying ‘What if we did this or that.’ We did all we could to fight this fire text book. It was just the worst situation we could ask for.”
“She was kind, caring… every time you needed something, she as there. If you were having a bad day, she would help you out, talk to you, make you feel better,” says Evan Thibodeau.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s office is assisting in the investigation.
Photos courtesy: Dwayne and Sarah Thomas