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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."

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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