Canton fire officials are responding to a fire at 14 North Street, where a private garage went up in flames around 3 a.m. Saturday.
Crews said they arrived to find what looked like an inferno and quickly called for mutual aid from Hartford and Burlington.
No one was inside at the time of the fire, but people living nearby were evacuated as a precaution. According to the man who rented the garage, wood, paint and tools were inside, and firefighters said some of those materials amplified the flames.
“We believe there was welding gas inside paints and other petroleum products,” said Canton Fire Captain Wayne Goeben.
Fire officials said weather also posed a challenge this morning.
“The roads were a little icy,” said Goeben. “The Canton Department of Public Works was already in the area spreading salt prior to our arrival, so within minutes they improved dramatically.”
The water company was also put on standby to make sure hydrants didn’t freeze while crews doused the flames.