Fire Destroys Several Businesses in Bristol Strip Mall

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A massive fire broke out at a strip mall in Bristol Thursday morning.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 43 Main St. around 1:20 a.m., according to fire officials.

Several businesses in the strip mall have been destroyed, Deputy Fire Chief Bob Poggio said.

Vivaldi's Pizza, the Crystal Diner, a liquor store, and other businesses were damaged or destroyed.

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A fire tore through a strip mall on Main Street in Bristol early Thursday morning.

The roof caved in on about three-quarters of the businesses in the strip mall, Poggio said.

None of the establishments were open at the time of the fire and no one was injured, he said.

Krishna Naha, who owns the Crystal Diner, came down to the scene to survey the damage.

"I don't know how I'm going to be back up again. I don't know how I'm going to be reopen again," Naha said.

Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano said he went to Crystal Diner every election day to eat breakfast before the polls opened and losing these businesses is devastating to the community.  

“To see the devastation and destruction like that is a little bit tough here in Bristol,” Caggiano said. “We're trying to rebuild downtown, and we are right here, downtown, unfortunately, lost the structure. So, I feel really bad for the owners and the people of Bristol who know this place.”

It was not clear where the fire started, according to fire officials.

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