Apr 9, 2014
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Aftermath of Massive Connecticut Fire: $3 Million in Damage, $18,000 in Overtime, 150 Firefighters, 25 Departments ...

Aftermath of Massive Connecticut Fire: $3 Million in Damage, $18,000 in Overtime, 150 Firefighters, 25 Departments ...

Esteban L. Hernandez/Register Citizen

The scene at the April 3 fire in Torrington.

Torrington's fire marshal said he expects to make a final ruling as early as the end of the week on the cause of the massive fire that destroyed a warehouse last week.

Fire Marshal Tim Tharau said Tuesday the fire on April 3 at the Toce Brothers tire warehouse on 96 Albert St. is still under investigation and has not been ruled accidental.

Nevertheless, he said he’s still actively interviewing people to help determine the cause of the fire, which he said last week caused an estimated $3 million in damage.

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“Hopefully we will make a final cause of the fire by the end of the week or the middle of next week,” Tharau said.

More than 150 firefighters across 25 departments were on hand to fight the blaze, which launched enormous black clouds over Torrington and led to evacuations of at least 58 nearby homes. The fire destroyed the 20,000-square-foot warehouse owned by Torrington’s O & G Industries.

Fire Chief Gary Brunoli said all but three of the department’s 50 firefighters helped out the fire. Brunoli said the total cost of overtime pay for the day is $18,000, as firefighters from Torrington and other departments were on site for 21 hours.

See the full story and other coverage at The Register Citizen.

Aftermath of Massive Connecticut Fire: $3 Million in Damage, $18,000 in Overtime, 150 Firefighters, 25 Departments ...

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