Historic new Hartford home to be demolished today – NBC Connecticut
A historic building in central New Hartford is going to be demolished today, the day after a massive fire that caused extensive damage to the building.
Crews from 29 fire departments responded when the blaze spread through the Bridge Street mixed-use building which was built in 1850 and housed six storefronts and 14 apartments.
More than 100 firefighters worked to put out the blaze and several were rushed to hospital, including a 26-year-old volunteer firefighter from Burlington who suffered a medical emergency and was listed in critical condition.
The fire caused extensive damage.
Residents call the building, known as New Hartford House, the heart of the city and have said it is a huge loss.
Many said they hoped to see the building rise again with the exact same facade.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation and authorities are seeking to speak to anyone who has witnessed the blaze.
“There is a lot of damage, there is a lot of building collapses. There are a lot of safety issues that we have to face and continue to deal with,” said Sgt. Paul Makuc, of the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, who responded to work with local authorities.
Authorities have said the building will have to be demolished.
Teams expect the building to be destroyed by the end of the day.
The pile of debris will be loaded and moved out of state to Ohio, officials said Wednesday morning. This process is expected to continue Monday through Friday.
Those interested in making a donation to help tenants who have been displaced can do so by making these donations to Hands of Grace at 8 Wickett Street. donations for food.