Large fire destroys historic building in Danielson - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Large fire destroys historic building in Danielson

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A historic building was destroyed by a fire on Sunday morning (WFSB) A historic building was destroyed by a fire on Sunday morning (WFSB)
Firefighters responded to a large fire in Danielson. (Eyewitness photo) Firefighters responded to a large fire in Danielson. (Eyewitness photo)
Danielson officials said the frame of the building is unstable and the building will have to be demolished. (WFSB) Danielson officials said the frame of the building is unstable and the building will have to be demolished. (WFSB)
DANIELSON, CT (WFSB) -

A historic building in Danielson was destroyed Sunday morning after a large fire ripped through it.

The fire broke out shortly after 1 a.m.

Several roads were closed in the area, including a section of Route 12. They have since reopened.

Firefighters said the damage to the historic building, known as the old Times Square building, was severe.

Residents in town were saddened to hear the news.

"It's just unbelievable, it's a shame because it's an old building ... and they tried to do something different with it and now it's a complete loss," said Mary Corey, of Danielson.

George Meehan fondly remembers going to the old Times Square building in Danielson to eat fish and chips with his family.

“They'll never rebuild it ... and even if they did it would never be the same place,” Meehan said.

He added that the place was always packed.

"You couldn't get in there on a Friday night,” Meehan added.

The Danielson fire chief said the fire sparked in the back of the building on Center Street.

Corey lives near the property and said the building had been under construction and it was slated to become a new restaurant in town.

According to officials, there was a concern of the building collapsing because the roof caved in and the walls had been wobbling.

The fire chief says the building will be knocked down because it is a public safety hazard.

"They're going to knock the walls in to make it safe... and probably finish the work next week," Danielson Fire Chief Gerald Mercheterre. 

While nobody was inside the building at the time of the fire, one South Killingly firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. 

The state fire marshal is investigating. Officials said it does not appear to be suspicious.

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