Fire destroys garage; adjacent vacant house spared serious damage

Published on Monday, 12 June 2017 22:05
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - Firefighters quickly put out a garage fire that was threatening to spread to a vacant Clark Street house early Monday.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze at 259 Clark St., which was called in at 1:28 a.m.

The house is owned by Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, according to city records, and has been vacant for years, neighbors said.

The property has been well maintained, said Maximino Aponte, who lives next door. But last year he reported that vagrants were entering the house, prompting the CHFA to board up its windows.

The windows were not boarded up at the time of the garage fire, as replacement windows had been recently installed. The lawn is mowed frequently and the driveway and sidewalks are shoveled when it snows, Aponte said.

The house has been vacant for eight or nine years, said Aponte, who was unaware that a blaze had destroyed the detached garage overnight.

Firefighters arrived to find the garage engulfed in flames, with the fire threatening the house, reports said. It took about eight minutes to get the fire under control, said Fire Chief Thomas Ronalter.

The garage was nearly destroyed and the house sustained some siding damage.

No one was found in the house or garage. The city’s Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Monday, 12 June 2017 22:05. Updated: Monday, 12 June 2017 22:08.