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Fire Breaks Out in Collinsville Garage Saturday Morning

The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the scene of a garage fire in Collinsville early Saturday morning. 

A "fully involved" fire off North and Center streets was reported to dispatch by a caller at 3:24 a.m. and confirmed by police, Fire Capt. Wayne Goeben said. 

Crews worked to evacuate nearby residents and evaluate the scene, Goeben said.

With the knowledge that the structure was not occupied, the department worked to protect surrounding buildings, he added.  

A crew from Engine 4, tapped into a hydrant at Johnson and Center followed by Engine 6, whose crew used the hydrant on The Green.

Those hydrants actually tap into two separate water supplies, Goeben said.

"The great thing about Collinsville is there's plenty of water down here," he said. 

The fire presented several hazards to firefighters. In addition to not knowing all the contents of the garage, there were propane tanks at a nearby auto business. A live wire also came down near the garage, which also "energized" a metal railing, Goeben said. CL&P was called to cut power. 

It was also icy and Goeben said a Public Works crew spread salt in the area immediately. 

"An awesome DPW response made us a lot safer," he said. 

One firefighter fell but did not require transport, Goeben said. 

Others who worked at the scene included fire police, who blocked off the area, an ambulance crew, one from Ladder 2 and others. 

Burlington firefighters covered Collinsville station and crews from New Hartford worked in Collinsville on "fire watch," essentially making sure other fires weren't sparked by floating embers. 

Connecticut Light and Power cut the power to the building. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was also notified due to the proximity of the Farmington River. 

Canton Fire Marshal Adam Libros said the blaze remains under investigation.

Chris Carroll January 11, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Good job protecting exposures guys! Could have been a real bad night for Collinsville!
Chris Carroll January 11, 2014 at 08:30 AM
By the way, also terrific pictures!
MarianneBurbank January 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Amazing containment! Excellent work all around! Thank you for your efforts!
Marlin Williams January 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Here's the irony: This is the exact location of the Hurley Spring Company fire back around 1966. It was a 6 or 7 story redbrick factory building, if I can recall correctly. --MarlinWilliams
bill Volovski January 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM
First of all, looks like real nice work by the Fire Department. Glad that everybody stayed safe. In response to the comment above, Hurley Co. was across the street where the Collinsville Auto is today. I think it was three stories if I remember correctly, and I think it was in 1963 or earlier (I wasn't in school yet!)

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