Fire damages nearby businesses
Owners cleaning up damage from Federal Road blaze
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.
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.