Fire damages nearby busi­nesses

Own­ers clean­ing up dam­age from Fed­eral Road blaze

The News-Times - - NEWS - By Ju­lia Perkins and Jim Shay

BROOK­FIELD — Busi­ness own­ers sorted Thurs­day through the dam­age left by a fire that started the night be­fore in a build­ing on Fed­eral Road.

No one was hurt or in­side dur­ing the blaze, which was con­tained to the garage in the back of the build­ing. But smoke and heat dam­age spread to both busi­nesses, Tim’s Paint­ing and Brook­field Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter.

Work­ers from the busi­nesses said they are still not sure how much of their items were af­fected.

Most of the equip­ment in Brook­field Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, how­ever, ap­pears lost.

“Every­thing is full of smoke,” said Ryan Perry, di­rec­tor of the com­pany, as his staff used wipes to clean tele­phones they pulled out of the build­ing.

The fire started around 8:45 p.m. Wed­nes­day in the garage of Tim’s Paint­ing. Owner Tim Fa­gan said he does not keep much of im­por­tance in the garage, and the ma­jor­ity of his crit­i­cal equip­ment can likely be sal­vaged, he said.

Still, the cleanup process is stress­ful, he said.

“You just feel over­whelmed by it,” said Fa­gan, whose com­pany spe­cial­izes in high-end paint­ing for lodge homes.

He said he feels lucky com­pared to Brook­field Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter.

“Your heart goes out to them,” he said.

Fa­gan spends lit­tle time at the of­fice and can con­tinue work­ing while han­dling the clean-up.

Brook­field Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter plans to move in with one of its cus­tomers into a tem­po­rary space down the road.

The com­pany pro­vides in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sup­port for other busi­nesses, some­times help­ing them get back on their feet af­ter fires like this one.

“For­tu­nately, my guys are geared for this be­cause we deal with this kind of stuff all the time,” Perry said.

Crews from Rizzo Corp., which owns the build­ing, in­stalled tarps Thurs­day morn­ing on the roof to cover the sev­eral holes fire­fight­ers left to ven­ti­late out the smoke.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are still look­ing into the cause of the fire, but Fire Mar­shal Ja­son DeSousa said noth­ing seems sus­pi­cious.

“It doesn’t ap­pear there’s any crim­i­nal as­pect to the fire at this time,” he said.

Fa­gan learned about the fire from one of his clients, who is on the depart­ment. He thought the fire­fighter was call­ing about the paint­ing job at his house.

Fa­gan rushed to the build­ing, where crews were still bat­tling the flames.

“It was like sur­real watch­ing it,” he said. “You don’t want any­one get­ting hurt. It’s pretty im­pres­sive to watch ev­ery­one at work.”

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived within 10 min­utes of the start of the blaze and en­coun­tered heavy fire in the back of the

1.5-story wood-frame build­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Brook­field Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany.

“They did a great job,” said Ger­ard Moore, Fa­gan’s step­fa­ther. “They were able to see what was go­ing on and con­tain it.”

Two hose lines were stretched from fire hy­drants to douse the blaze. Fire­fight­ers used the aerial lad­der of En­gine 1 to ac­cess and ven­ti­late the roof.

Mu­tual aid was re­quested from Wa­ter Witch Hose Co.

#2 , Stony Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Res­cue 2 and the Danbury Fire Depart­ment.

The Hawleyvill­e Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany pro­vided sta­tion cov­er­age while Brook­field Vol­un­teer Fire Co. was at the fire.

The struc­ture is next to a brick build­ing at 782 Fed­eral Road that is the home to Por­to­bello Restau­rants & Pizza, Main Moon Chi­nese Kitchen, Blink­ing Nail & Spa, Dunkin’ Donuts and Brook­field Deli & Cater­ing.

Those busi­nesses were not dam­aged by the fire, but Por­to­bello Restau­rant & Pizza pro­vided pizza and bev­er­ages to crews after­ward.

“You rep­re­sent what is great about Brook­field,” Brook­field Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany said on Face­book.

Ju­lia Perkins / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Tim Fa­gan, owner of Tim’s Paint­ing, left, and his step­fa­ther, Ger­ard Moore, ex­am­ine the dam­age to his garage af­ter a fire on Fed­eral Road in Brook­field on Wed­nes­day.

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