Fire strikes at office building in Prospect
PROSPECT — A fire at the office building at 2 Summit Road during the early morning hours Tuesday has displaced four businesses and a young couple.
Fire Marshal Keith Griffin said the department received a call at 12:19 a.m. the there was a fire at the two-story building. The fire was called in by a couple that lives in an apartment attached to the office complex by a small breezeway.
The couple said they had heard a noise and thought the air conditioning unit was on fire, Griffin said. The fire started outside on the porch, he said. When he arrived on scene, Griffin said, the front of the building was fully engulfed in the fire.
Griffin said it took the fire department about 35 minutes to get the fire under control.
“Then it was finishing extinguishing, chasing any fire, and then the mop up. The last engine left the scene at 4:50 p.m.,” Griffin said.
Griffin said the Bethany and Cheshire fire departments assisted with the fire and the Woodbridge Fire Department covered Prospect’s firehouse while firefighters were on the scene.
Griffin said the first floor of the building sustained severe fire damage and the second floor of the building sustained heat and smoke damage.
In addition to the apartment, the fire affected businesses including the dental offices of Kenneth and Donald Capozzi, Christian Counseling of Greater Waterbury, Secure Investigations and consultant Sharon Anthony.
Griffin said all of the offices and the apartment are currently uninhabitable and the dental office, which sustained the most fire damage, was completely totaled.
There were no injuries as the two occupants of the apartment made it out of their home unharmed and the offices were unoccupied, Griffin said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The state fire marshal is assisting with the investigation.