‘Wind-driven’ fire destroys several large buildings in Mystic

MYSTIC, Conn. (WLNE) — A “wind-driven” fire destroyed several large buildings in Mystic, Connecticut, Sunday night.

The fire happened at about 9 p.m. at the Seaport Marina on Washington Street.

Fire Chief Anthony Manfredi said Monday that they encountered heavy smoke and flames spewing from the front of the building.

Firefighters from surrounding communities, including Groton and Westerly, were called to help douse the flames.

An inferno that caught the attention of many and could be seen for miles.

“I looked out my bedroom window and it was completely orange with a sky full of smoke,” Mystic resident, Joe Parlagreco, said.
“My granddaughter and her friend saw the smoke from the second floor and came running down because they thought we were going to have to leave, it was horrifying,” Mystic resident, Josephine Guarnaccia, said.

The Groton Fire Department said some of the buildings collapsed.

The New London Day reports that the four-alarm fire destroyed a large storage, office building and severely damaged an adjacent home.

No injuries were reported.

Manfredi said this was a wind-driven fire, which caused the flames to spread quickly.

“There’s a parking lot to the the north side of the building, which I think saved a few other buildings because the wind was blowing quite hard,” said Bruce Flax, president of the Mystic Chamber of Commerce. “It looked like that parking lot left enough room for the flames not to get any other buildings.”

The fire chief said other factors that contributed to the fire were propane tanks that exploded as the flames spread.

Manfredi said powerlines also came down. Power remains out in that area.

It took firefighters nearly five hours to extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately released.

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