An investigation is underway after a major fire damaged a building in New Britain on Tuesday morning.
Fire crews were called to a building at the intersection of Grove Hill and West Main Street around 2:15 a.m. after receiving a fire report.
When teams arrived, they said they found heavy fire on the first and second floors.
Firefighters first entered the building, authorities said, but fire conditions quickly progressed. They searched the building to make sure it was not occupied.
Authorities said the building was vacant and no one lived there. It’s possible the building was under construction, but firefighters said they couldn’t confirm that at this stage.
An investigation is underway after a major fire at a building in New Britain on Tuesday morning.
Soon after, crews were pulled from the building and battling the flames from the outside due to structural issues, firefighters said.
“There is significant structural damage. Most of the roof has collapsed due to fire damage,” said New Britain Fire Service Deputy Chief Peter Towey.
The crews also had to battle against the wind. Sometimes smoke and embers could be seen blown by the wind.
“The wind definitely impacted our operations and kind of helped let the fire go and kind of keep it going. It was a challenge for the crews. The crews did a great job. They stepped up and really went to great lengths to save this building,” Towey said.
At this time most of the fire is out and crews are monitoring hot spots.
“These old Victorian buildings, lots of empty spaces, so just make sure there are no hot spots that ignite later,” Towey added.
The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.