A second-alarm fire was reported and quickly knocked down on the roof of an East Hartford T.J. Maxx on Thursday morning.
The fire broke out at the store, which is at the Putnam Bridge Plaza on Main Street, just after 11 a.m. The fire was discovered by the store's employees.
The fire was extinguished a short time after it was reported.
The store will remain closed for Thursday because there is no power in the building, according to a sign on the front door. There is no word when the store will reopen.
However, Eyewitness News could see employees cleaning up water inside the store Thursday afternoon.
No injuries were reported. It is unclear how many employees and customers were inside the building at the time of the fire.
"I believe the store was open and they were able to evacuate quickly," said East Hartford Assistant Fire Chief Matt McCarthy. "They were evacuated when we got here - fire alarm system went off rather quickly."
The cause of the fire is believed to be roofing materials. The roofing and materials were burning and not the building, officials said. The fire was confined to the roof, officials added.
"All I saw was this huge black cloud coming out of T.J. Maxx," said Shop Rite employee Crystal Paradise. "We were frantic. It was horrible."
According to Paradise, some roofers have been doing work on top of the T.J. Maxx store in recent days.
Members of the Glastonbury Fire Department assisted the East Hartford Fire Department, officials said.
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