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Fire at Pierce Builders on Salmon Brook Street

A fire started in the construction company's building in one of the vehicle bays. Fire departments from Granby, East Granby, Simsbury, and Southwick.

Update, Nov. 11 at 10:30 p.m.

Someone associated with the business confirmed that the source of the fire was an L20 Volvo loader stored in the building, perhaps from a short circuit in the wiring.

Update, Nov. 11 at 8:50 p.m.

Investigations continue into the evening, as the state police have also arrived on the scene of the fire. Patch has learned that surveillance cameras within the business have given investigators clues as to the cause of the fire. 

Route 10/202 remained closed in both directions near the site.

Update, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Firefighters were concerned about the fire spreading because of propane tanks, diesel fuel and gasoline stored on site. 

The entire center of the building was in cinders by 6 pm.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the scene.

Original Story:

A major fire broke out at H.P. Builders on Salmon Brook Street a little before 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. 

Beginning in a vehicle bay, black smoke billowed from the middle of the three-section building. The fire quickly consumed the vehicle, and explosions were heard shortly after the blaze broke out.

Lost Acres Fire Department arrived on the scene and quickly set up hoses to try to contain the fire. Fire engines from Simsbury, East Granby and Southwick were on the scene in minutes.

Salmon Brook Street is closed in both directions for emergency vehicles deal with the emergency.

There were no reports of injuries. Dozens of firefighters assisted in fighting the blaze, and employees of the construction company removed tanks and other flammable materials from the remainder of the building.

The fire appeared to be contained as of 4:45 p.m. as rain began to fall.

Check back to The Granbys Patch for more details.

Sheryl November 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM
oh so sad for a local business - UGH - hope all stay safe tonight while fighting the fire -
Lenny DeGray November 11, 2011 at 11:06 PM
What a shame! The Pierce guys do so much for the town! I hope all are safe.
Rebecca Buse Taylor November 11, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Pierce Builders is an integral part of the Granby community. Our prayers and support go out to them.
Dave Harris November 15, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Our hearts goes out to the Pierce's. We hope you can rebuild as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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