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Hartford building torn down after Thursday's fire

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Crews tear down building in Hartford (WFSB) Crews tear down building in Hartford (WFSB)
Fire reported on Franklin Avenue in Hartford on Thursday. (iWitness viewer) Fire reported on Franklin Avenue in Hartford on Thursday. (iWitness viewer)
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Smoke and fire could be seen for miles away. (WFSB) Smoke and fire could be seen for miles away. (WFSB)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles after flames erupted inside a building in Hartford on Thursday afternoon. 

On Thursday night, crews worked to tear down the building that caught on fire.

The two-alarm fire was reported in the area of 310 Franklin Ave. around 12:30 p.m.  

Authorities said it was too dangerous for firefighters to go inside the building, so firefighters were battling the fire from outside. There appeared to be a partial roof collapse on the south side of building.

On Thursday afternoon, officials said the building will be torn down because they are afraid it may fall on its own.

"All companies asked to evacuate the building,” Hartford Fire Deputy Chief Dave Serpliss said. “Tower operations at that time, did a primary search of floors on north side. Second floor also negative."

Authorities said everyone on the first two floors were out of the building when they arrived on scene. A 22-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

According to authorities, they can't say for certain whether anyone was on the third floor at the time of the fire.

There were four apartments between the second and third floors.  There were two business on the ground levels, but authorities said those people were able to self-evacuate. 

The owner of Lucy’s Fashions told Eyewitness News that they think they lost everything. She

“Everything, everything, everything is lost,” said store owner Lucy Ossa, who was in the store when the fire happened.

Lucy’s Fashions had been in business for 35 years and there were also customers inside the store at the time of the fire.  Alfred Ossa said that’s when he received a call from his wife Lucy.

"I come from the house when my wife called me, said 'call police, call police! Fire. Fire,” Alfred Ossa said. I says ‘what happened?’ ‘Building on fire.’"

Alfred Ossa said he was happy neither his wife nor the others were injured, but told Eyewitness News they aren't insured.

"We canceled the insurance between trying to sell the business because we are old,” Alfred Ossa said.

Franklin Avenue was closed near Adelaide Street after smoke could be seen for miles. As of about 4 p.m. the road had reopened.

There's no word on what caused the fire.  

The building has been deemed unsafe and the process for emergency demolition has begun.

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