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West Hartford Fire Department Extinguishes Blaze in Commercial Building

West Hartford Fire Department Ladder No. 4 Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

A fire in a commercial building late Thursday night was knuckle knocked down by the West Hartford Fire Department.

By Ronni Newton

A small fire in a commercial building in West Hartford was quickly extinguished with no injuries, Fire Chief Greg Priest said.

According to Priest, dispatchers received an alert at 11:42 p.m. from a fire alarm in a commercial building at 595 Prospect Avenue, which is just south of Farmington Avenue.

The first units arrived at 11:47 p.m., and found smoke visible in the rear of a one-story commercial building, at which point the call was upgraded to a structure fire, Priest said.

Additional units arrived at the scene, and Squad 1 entered the building where they found a blaze in the rear of the structure, near a heating unit located one the roof.

The deputy chief declared it a working fire, and based on the visible conditions all other working units responded.

The fire was quickly knocked down with a single 2½-inch hose line, Priest said.

The crews from Engine 4 and Ladder 3 opened the roof to ensure there was no fire extension, and crews also searched the building and confirmed it was unoccupied and there were no victims.

The building was ventilated to remove the smoke, and the West Hartford Fire Marshal is investigating.

During the short period of time when all five fire companies were on the scene, Hartford and UConn Fire Department as well as American Medical Response provided mutual aid.

“As always, West Hartford Fire greatly appreciates the assistance of the West Hartford Police, dispatchers, AMR, and our other mutual aid partners from area fire departments,” Priest said.

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