Manchester M&R Liquors to Reopen Following Fire Damage - NBC Connecticut

Manchester M&R Liquors to Reopen Following Fire Damage

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    Crews battled a large fire at M&R Liquors on Tolland Turnpike in Manchester Wednesday morning.

    The M&R Liquors in Manchester is expected to reopen at the end of the week after the store burned to the ground in April. 

    The liquor store said on its Facebook group that a grand opening will be held in Manchester on Friday. 

    In April, drivers passing by the building on 120 Tolland Turnpike noticed heavy smoke and called 911 around 3:55 a.m., according to the fire department. 

    When firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring out from all windows, as well as the door and the roof. The fire caused bottles of alcohol to explode, which added more fuel to the fire. 

    Within five minutes, part of the roof collapsed and the firefighting operation became even more extensive as more of the nearly 10,000-foot building continued to collapse.

    An investigation found that the fire started near the center of the building's attic space above the drop ceiling. 

    No one was inside when the fire started. 

    M&R Liquors, a family-owned business, has been open since 1952 and in current building was built in the 1980s and did not have a sprinkler system because it was grandfathered in, firefighters said. 

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