An employee at Southington Auto, Inc. was rushed to the hospital after flamed engulfed the business late Sunday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for the fire department.
Southington fire Capt. Zygmunt said emergency responders were called to 1078 Queen Street/Route 10 around 4:45 p.m. Sunday and arrived to find heavy fire at the front of the building.
One of several propane tanks failed, causing small explosions, according to Zygmunt.
A man inside managed to escape but suffered burns, Zygmunt said. Fire officials couldn't say for sure whether the injured person was a worker or the business owner.
Firefighters cleared the scene around 7:30 p.m., and the fire marshal was called out to investigate the cause of the blaze. A preliminary investigation indicates the fire was accidental, Zygmunt said.