By Norwich Bulletin:
A fire that ravaged a Putnam auto repair and parts business Wednesday night is being deemed accidental in nature, though the sheer amount of damage to the 196 Providence Pike building makes pinpointing the exact source of the blaze problematic.
Firefighters from 12 departments were called to Baker’s Auto at approximately 11 p.m. and spent roughly two hours getting the fire under control, Fire Marshal Norm Perron said.
“When they arrived, firefighters attempted entry on opposite sides of the building,” he said. “Because there was so much fuel involved in the work they do there, it ignited and caused the fire to quickly spread to the ceiling of the warehouse area and from roof-to-roof-to-roof.”
Perron said since East Putnam is not on the municipal water system, firefighters were forced to lay a 2,000-foot hose line to the nearest hydrant, while also working to draw water from a nearby pond.
“The temperatures were about 15 degrees and there was a lot of ice,” Perron said. “One firefighter slipped and hit his head. He was transported to Day Kimball for observation.”
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