Fire Destroys New London Building

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    NBCConnecticut.com
    There is a fire on Elm Street in New London.

    Fire destroyed a building on Elm Street in New London that housed a glass company as well as a contracting company.

    No one was inside when the fire broke out at 103 Elm Street around 5 a.m. on Friday, according to officials, and no injuries are reported.  

    Bert Brouillier, owner of Cathedral Stained Glass, found out about the fire when an employee called him to say the shop was on fire.

    He rushed over to the building and found that decades of work was destroyed in minutes.

    "My merchandise, files, photographs, contracts," he said.

    Fire officials said it took crews 30 minutes to knock the fire down

    "When they got here, it was fully involved. And the flames were shooting through the roof and out through the front door," Fire Marshal Calvin Darrow, of the New London Fire Department, said.

    Power had to be shut down to building and the utility company is working to restore it.

    Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

    Meanwhile, Brouillier plans to resume his business when he can.

    "It'll just take me a little while. Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll get back on my feet and keep on going," he said.

    This photo is from Ramon Chaparro, a nearby resident.