Vehicle fire damages Dunkin' Donuts in Southington

Published on Monday, 18 March 2019 20:32
Written by Charles Paullin


SOUTHINGTON - A Chevrolet SUV was fully engulfed in flames in the drive-thru of Dunkin’ Donuts and had to be towed away Monday afternoon.

The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was able to get out of the vehicle with no injuries, Deputy Fire Chief Scott DiBattista said. No one else was injured in the incident.

The fire caused some exterior damage to the Dunkin’ Donuts - located at 262 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike - along with the building’s vinyl siding and electrical wiring, DiBattista added, but there was no interior damage to the restaurant.

The health inspector and building inspector deemed the building safe, DiBattista said. Maintenance crews were on scene about an hour and half after the fire to work on the building, he added. An employee with Dunkin’ Donuts, who declined to give his name, said the building was expected to be open by the evening.

The Southington Fire Department received the call at 12:17 p.m., DiBattista said. The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes of when the call came in, according to the department’s Twitter page.

A cause of the fire was being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 18 March 2019 20:32. Updated: Monday, 18 March 2019 20:34.