MERIDEN — A fire caused the temporary evacuation of an apartment building on Sherman Avenue Monday night.
There were no reported injuries. The fire was contained to the mechanical room and no residents were displaced
The fire at 234 Sherman Ave., Britannia Commons, was reported around 7 p.m. Engine Co. 4, which is nearby, was on scene in about a minute and found heavy smoke on the fourth floor, Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn said.
When they arrived, crews began fighting the fire and evacuating the third and fourth floors. Due to the size of the building, a second alarm was called and all city fire companies responded, Dunn said. Police assisted firefighters in evacuating residents.
“It was a monumental effort by both the Meriden fire crews and police department crews that helped out,” Dunn said.
The fire was under control in about 35 minutes, Dunn said. The building has 86 apartment units. There was heavy damage to the mechanical room. The fire marshal’s office is investigating.
Due to the size of the building, fire crews hooked up to a pipe system inside to be able to bring hose lines into the building, Dunn said.