Apartment fire injures tenant, firefighter, in Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — An apartment building on West Main Street in Plantsville remained uninhabitable after a fire Sunday morning. 

The fire in a second-floor apartment at  35 W. Main St. was reported around 8 a.m. Sunday, said Eric Heath, assistant fire chief and fire marshal. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to businesses surrounding the building, located in the center of the Plantsville village business district, Heath said.  

“Our guys made an aggressive attack,” Heath said. 

The building next to 35 W. Main St. is made of brick and cement, which helped prevent the fire from spreading, Heath said. The buildings are separated by a narrow alley. Heat from the fire broke windows next door and melted blinds. The Quinnipiac River borders 35 W. Main St. to the west.

The resident of the apartment was treated for minor burns, Heath said. A firefighter, who injured his knee while stretching a hose line, received medical treatment and is awaiting clearance to return to work. 

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday, but it appears to have been accidental, Heath said. The building inspector was at the scene and the site will be uninhabitable until repairs can be made. The first floor of the building previously housed Precision Property Management, which still owns the property. Company offices moved to 778 South Main St. about two months ago, owner William Dziedzic said Monday. 

The company owns the commercial space on the first floor and the apartment above it, Dziedzic said. Precision was negotiating to bring in a nail salon to the first floor, he said. 

Dziedzic said his business partner’s father notified him of the fire early Sunday morning. Dziedzic said the second floor is “charred” and the first floor has water damage. He met with an insurance adjuster on Monday. 

Dziedzic, also a town councilor, said he was impressed by the coordination between town departments Sunday. 

“You’re used to seeing the fire department...The building inspector, the health department, just the coordination of all the departments that prevent disaster,” was impressive, he said.

Reporter Lauren Sellew can be reached at lsellew@record-journal.com.


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