Hartford firefighter released from Bridgeport Hospital

Firefighters throughout the state were devastated by the Hartford blaze that took the life of firefighter Kevin Bell and injured three others. The tragedy’s sting has been especially felt in Bridgeport, where one of the injured men is in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital’s Connecticut Burn Center.

Jason Martinez, one of the three firefighters injured in a Hartford fire that took place earlier this month, was released from Bridgeport Hospital’s Connecticut Burn Center this morning. One firefighter, Kevin Bell, died in the fire, in which the men battled a house fire on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford.

Martinez, had burns over 10 percent of his body and was taken to Bridgeport Hospital via ambulance the night of the fire. The other injured firefighters were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

The Connecticut Burn Center is the only American College of Surgeons-verified burn care facility in the state, and is one of 63 verified burn centers in the country. It treats nearly 200 inpatients and receives more than 800 outpatient visits each year.

The facility has a special relationship with local firefighters, who raised more than $250,000 toward a $1.5 million renovation of the burn center that took place two years ago.

Amanda Cuda