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Middle School Student Perishes in Enfield House Fire

The fatal blaze just before midnight Wednesday took the life of Hope Hart-Hartnett.

OUTSIDE HARTFORD, CT -- A teenage girl was killed in a late-night fire Wednesday that tore through her family's home.

Fire officials would not release the victim's identity, but the girl's uncle confirmed the death of his niece, Hope Hart-Hartnett--who attended John F. Kennedy Middle School--inside the home at 50 Hassmar Road in the Shaker Pines Lake area of Enfield.

The fire was reported at 11:26 p.m., and was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived, said Mark Zarcaro, public information officer for the Enfield fire departments.

Two adults were able to escape the burning house, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to reach the top floor, where Hart-Hartnett's body was found around 1:15 a.m.

In the course of battling the blaze, three firefighters sustained non-life threatening injuries when a deck collapsed at the rear of the home, Shaker Pines Fire Chief Charlie Macsata said.

The fire was deemed under control by 12:45, and representatives of the state fire marshal's office were on the scene shortly thereafter. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Macsata said.

Stunned family members and neighbors expressed their sadness at the loss of Hart-Hartnett.

"Everybody in the neighborhood knew her," said her uncle, Pat Hart. "Shaker Pines Lake has always been a tight-knit community, It's not just going to affect our family; it will affect the entire community."

Nelson Rodriguez, a neighbor who serves as president of the Shaker Pines Lake Association, said, "Hope was a wonderful kid, well-known by the neighbors, and someone everybody looked out for. She was a bright, delightful, polite girl who always brought a smile to my face. The community will come together and help the family any way we can."

Susan October 25, 2012 at 09:24 AM
My heart my prayers and my tears are with this family. I am so sorry for their loss and hope for some peace.
Melanie Seelig October 25, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Our thoughts and prayers to the family. So very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are aching for you. Anything we can do for you - let us know. Your neighbors, The Seeligs
Kristina Shavor-Lincoln October 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and friends :(
Nancy Grady October 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM
My heart breaks for the family and friends. Prayers go out to the family. Prayers also go out to our firefighers who battled the fire. God Bless the Family and our Firefighters!
Jennifer Cross October 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM
My heart aches for Hope's family and friends. I pray that they will all find peace, and that the wonderful memories they shared together will help to sustain them all through this extremely difficult time.
Debbie Perkins October 25, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Your grief is incomprehensable to me......prayers in your behalf are being offered fervently and constantly for blessing to be poured out upon you that ........you may receive the courage and strength to endure your loss by always holding close the cherished memories and love that was shared. I want to hold you in my arms and weep with you and from a distance I am doing just that. Know you are never alone!
Eliza October 25, 2012 at 03:34 PM
My Friend Julia Boyle was her Best Friend, Julia is in cali and she misses her alot she regrets that she cant talk to her and say goodbye
Eliza October 25, 2012 at 03:35 PM
My Friend Julia Boyle was her Best Friend, Julia is in cali and she misses her alot she regrets that she cant talk to her and say goodbye
Taylor October 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I leave my heart and tears with this family. I'm so sorry for their loss.
makayla October 25, 2012 at 05:09 PM
she was one of my friends, it was very hard to go to school and not see her anymore )': i wish r.i.p meant return if possible she was a beautiful wonderful girl but i will pray for her family too
Pat Droney October 25, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Such a senseless tragedy for this girl's family. Thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family, as well as for the firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers who responded to this tragic scene. Having been through something like this more than once, it is a difficult scene to get out of your mind. Just a terrible situation for all concerned.
Brenda October 25, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Where can we make donations to the family?
Athena October 25, 2012 at 07:06 PM
We are so sorry. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family and Hopes friends too.
Tashana Holness October 25, 2012 at 08:35 PM
:'( You Left Us To Early Hope Your In My Prayers And Shall Ever Be My Hopeful Angel
Randi Anderson October 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I didin't know this young lady, but I work with Middle School children. My heart breaks that someone so young with so much ahead is gone. My prayers go out to her family. Keep close to your heart knowing she was so precious that God wanted her more.
sammmy October 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
i go to JFK middle school and to hear this is deffinatly killing me on the inside you will be forever in our hearts R.I.P. Hope
Joann Pare October 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM
We will miss Hope every morning as she went to the school bus, where we would say hi on our way to work. Our love & prayers - Mark, Joann, Roger
Cheryl Kelso October 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM
My heart goes out to the Family of Hope, she was a classmate of my grandson.. My deepest sympathy to her family ...
Maria Decker October 26, 2012 at 03:01 AM
My heart goes out to this family. I hope & pray for the girl's soul that she is in heaven now . And for the family that Jesus will heal their hearts & souls in this very sad time due to the fire of their home!
Rachael October 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
"Rest easy Hope" LiveStrong Bracelets (pink/white for girls and blue/white for boys) are also on sale to raise money for hope's family, to show your love and support and also to keep a piece of Hope with you at all times. They are $10 each, all proceeds go to the family to help them get back on there feet. For more info on how to get your "Rest easy Hope" band please contact Rachael Hart: (860) 389-1336 or email us at jsorel76@yahoo.com Thank you
kevin October 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM
i didnt know Hope but when i saw this on the news it was horrible RIP Hope and prayers to the family
Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 02:07 AM
My family had been the first to move into the house after it was established... I grew up in this home... and so did my mother, Irene. I send all my prayers to the family, and I send my wishes that Hope is in a happy place now. She had so much ahead of her, and now all the chances of living her dreams are gone. But, remember that she will always be in our hearts and she did not die in vain.
lori October 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
hope you will be greatly missed bobby is taking this so hard he cared so much for you i hope you are at peace you will never be forgotten and always loved, lori

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