13th Victim Of Fire In City Dies
March 10, 2003
By MATT BURGARD, Courant Staff Writer
A 13th person has died of injuries suffered in the Greenwood Health Center nursing home fire in Hartford two weeks ago.
Elizabeth Arata, 89, who was known to family and friends as "Genevieve," died Saturday at Hartford Hospital, where she was admitted after firefighters rescued her from the Feb. 26 blaze.
Arata's death makes the fire the deadliest nursing home fire in the United States since 1989. Ten of the victims died in the fire, and three other patients have since died in area hospitals from apparent fire-related injuries.
"I know the firefighters did everything they could to save her," said Gladys Dodd, one of Arata's two daughters. "I'd like to thank them someday."
Arata lived in the rear wing where the fire broke out in the pre-dawn hours. The fire quickly filled rooms and hallways with noxious smoke.
A patient in a neighboring room, identified by police sources as a 23-year-old woman with a history of psychiatric problems and drug addiction, has been questioned by police as a prime suspect in setting the fire.
The woman told investigators she was playing with a lighter in her room when she started the blaze. Investigators are now trying to determine if she started the fire deliberately or accidentally.
Dodd said her mother, who was born in Hartford and moved to West Hartford in 1925, was a longtime sufferer of Alzheimer's disease who spent most of her life as a devoted mother and homemaker. She said her mother was confined to her bed, so she was grateful for the efforts of firefighters and nursing home staff to rescue her from the smoke.
"She received good care at Greenwood," Dodd said. She said her mother had stayed at the home for the last year and a half.
Other victims of the fire remain hospitalized, while others have been released.
Liliya Volkova was released Saturday from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Juan Rodriguez remained in serious condition at Norwalk Hospital on Sunday, while Jose Rodriguez remained in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital.
Also, Amalia Elias remained in serious condition at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. John Micherry was in stable condition at Hartford Hospital.
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Thread: Number of dead rises to 13
03-10-2003, 09:29 AM #1
Number of dead rises to 13IACOJ Agitator
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03-11-2003, 11:15 PM #2
Yeah, I saw that but figured one of you from down that way would post it.
BTW, props to the off-duty Bridgeport LT who pulled a victim out of a house fire in Stratford!
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