5 Bristol businesses, including a popular restaurant, destroyed by fire | Connecticut News

BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) – Five businesses at a shopping center in Bristol, including a popular restaurant, were destroyed by an early morning fire.

An early morning fire in Bristol damaged a pizzeria (WFSB)

Firefighters said the Crystal Diner was among the businesses destroyed.

The fire on Main Street started around 2 a.m.

Vivaldi Pizza, Marty’s Package Store, Main Street Laundromat and Dance Experience were also heavily damaged when flames tore through the building.

Main Street was expected to be closed for hours on Thursday morning as crews checked hotspots and investigated.

“The challenges were getting access to the fire because the fire was hidden, and once it escaped through the roof, we moved into defensive operations,” said deputy chief Bob Poggio, of the fire department. Bristol fire. “Openness of the structure, access to each of them, and [Thursday’s] time is not like before [Wednesday]. It is much colder, very freezing. Many pipes have already frozen.”

Drone 3 flew over the scene later that morning:

The restaurant owner told Channel 3 he was heartbroken.

“It’s like my heart is beating,” said Krishna Naha, owner of Crystal Diner. “My wife was the same. ‘What’s going on? How are we going to reopen the store? What are we going to do.'”

Naha said he planned to rebuild.

Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano said it was a difficult time for the city.

“Seeing the devastation and destruction like this is a bit difficult here in Bristol,” Caggiano said. “We are trying to rebuild the city center here and we are here in the city center and have unfortunately lost a structure.

Channel 3 has been told that the entire structure will have to be demolished.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters are investigating the cause.

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